The 2,600 elderly we serve are facing not just isolation and effects of loneliness, but many times abandonment, exacerbated by preexisting inequalities and long stories of deprivations, health problems, poverty, and social exclusion. In addition, the long coronavirus restrictions have aggravated all the above factors. Our aim is to provide them quality of life, preserving personal independence and dignified-end-of-life care. We need your help to continue assisting on this life-saving cause.
There are more than 470,000 people over 80 years old in Chile of which16% live by themselves, without care from their offspring. The Chilean Health Authority has urged elderlies to stay home with few, if any, visitors. Certainly, the restrictions have helped to protect them throughout the pandemic, but also has limited any interaction. The impact is more aggravated in the vulnerable-fragile population we take care of that can trigger severe depression, cognitive decline, and other medical issues
Our In-Home Care Programs provide the elderly with food, diapers as needed, regular visits, conversation, emotional support, and company. We serve people from moderate to severe levels of dependency, which can vary depending on if they count on family support or not. A key issue of our In-Home Care programs is the know-how and learning accumulated for years that allow us to arrive just in time to detect cases of extreme abandonment, loneliness, or severe cases of depression or medical problems.
Our Elderly are subject of rights, so they deserve our respect, honor, and care reflected in equal access to essential services and inclusive public policies, so they can fully participate in society. The experience of Hogar de Cristo earned through In-Home Care Programs allows our foundation to identify those more sensitive-fragile cases and address on time coordinating with health care and social network services to avoid our Elderly people dying alone.