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The Municipal Council of Social Welfare of Molina de Segura analyzes the new risk identification and intervention project for people over 65 who live alone (24/06/2020)

This meeting, held yesterday, Tuesday, June 23, also served to account for the social measures adopted by the Department of Social Welfare during the health crisis of COVID-19, and the agreed modifications in the decentralization of social care in the municipality. The Municipal Social Welfare Council of the Molina de Segura City Council held a meeting yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, June 23.

This call served to account for the social measures adopted by the Department of Social Welfare during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Councilor for Social Welfare, Ángel Navarro García, highlighted the extensive and intense work carried out by the professionals of the Department, whom he took the opportunity to congratulate. Along these lines, Ángel Navarro reported on the extension of the attention of the social services during the state of alarm by telephone until May 16.

Likewise, it communicated the processing of 350 municipal economic benefits files between March 16 and June 15, for an amount of 89,714.74 euros.

He also highlighted different social measures by groups, as is the case of minors in the municipality.

According to Navarro, "a total of 176 children were served with scholarships for school meals, from March 16 to June 25, employing up to almost 71,000 euros." In his presentation, he emphasized the most vulnerable group during the health crisis, such as the elderly and dependents.

To them,Social measures such as the maintenance and guarantee of care for elderly and dependent people through local resources, the continuity of home care for dependent people, the management of free remote assistance, the service for the purchase of basic necessities and the risk assessment and control of elderly people living alone, through telephone assistance. On the other hand, the Municipal Social Welfare Council also served to account for the modifications agreed in the decentralization of social care in the municipality of Molino.

The new design, made taking into account technical criteria and approved by the Local Government Board, has already been implemented since last June 10.

Ángel Navarro stressed that "the new organizational structure will serve to unify the points of attention of the Zone Social Work Program and the Service for Elderly and Dependent People".

Likewise, he affirmed that "it will serve so that the citizens of Molina de Segura who go to their social services are attended without delay, within a period of less than 7 days." Finally,The importance of the implementation of basic social care by a dedicated social worker, who will provide information and procedures to users of social services without the need for an appointment, was also pointed out. Finally, the call also served for the exposition of the Project Identification of risks and needs and intervention for people over 65 who live alone in the municipality of Molina de Segura, by the Technical Unit of the Social Service Center.

It was highlighted that the number of people over 65 years of age amounted to 9,031 in 2019, which represented 12.6% of the total population of the municipality, in addition to the existence of a constant aging process.

It was also indicated that, currently, the number of people over 65 living alone in the municipality amounts to 1,785, with the target population of the project presented. The intention of this project is, according to Ángel Navarro, "to deepen the support policies for the group of people over 65 years of age undertaken by the Molina de Segura City Council." Thus, it will be useful to know the current situation of older people living alone, identifying those who are not users of Social Services and directing them towards them according to their needs.

The project will also serve to generate neighborhood networks to detect cases of unwanted loneliness in this group.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Molina de Segura

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