Relief fund for Romania's HOME CARE OF THE ELDERLY PROJECT
is 82 years old and lives in a very isolated village. She is an
ex-nun who was expelled from her convent and sent back to her native
village with the advent of Communism.
It took her 4 years to build her little 1 roomed
house 40 years ago with her brother. She lives alone and now has no family.
she was seen by our staff, Anica had no income whatsoever. Our social worker has
managed to negotiate a small pension for her. She also owns 1.5 hectares of land
- which she can no longer work - which she leases out and receives some food in
has heart failure, scoliosis and arthritis leaving her with very
Our carer visits her every day - fetches wood and water, lights the stove,
cleans and _prepares food for Anica and helps her
to wash. _She was referred to us by the village priest.
Anica is also visited weekly by our nurse who monitors her general state
of health and has registered her with a doctor. We also provide social assistance,
counselling and material help
such as food and cleaning materials.
Anica told us recently that
her life had been transformed and her health is much better.
She is pictured
above adding to her list of carers and funders for whom she prays three times
mother and daughter have a tragic history.
The daughter, Eleonora, suffered
a severe head injury which has left her half paralyised.
She is pictured
at a recent birthday party the staff held for her, sitting with her mother and
our speech therapist
Her mother, Emilia, has heart failure, chronic
varicose ulcers on both legs, high blood pressure and fluid on the lungs.
have multiple needs which are supplied in a daily programme by our home care team.
Though Eleonora was paralysed down one side after her injury,
after 6 months of physiotherapy, she now manages to walk and can
even climb stairs. She takes little walks and attends our day centre
twice a week.
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