At the end of 2017 the elderly people in Bulgaria were about 20.8% of the population (by data from the National Institute of Statistics for 2018). In 2025, 1 in every 5 Bulgarians will be older than 65. The old people in our country do not have much choice, poverty and loneliness being among the traps they often fall in. If we add the absence of close people and relatives around to support them, the picture turns from sorrowful to tragic.
However, there is an alternative for the elderly people. For them, Caritas implements the Home Care service, thanks to which the elderly receive professional (health and social) care, attention and understanding at their homes, and thus the certainty that they can live their old age with dignity.
Apart from providing professional care, Caritas associates treat aged people with understanding and attention. By their warm attitude and smile, they remove pain, dissolve loneliness and attach meaning to the monotonous and not easy days of their old age. Often, they are the only people with whom old people have contact. And that is why the Caritas associates also play the role of their close people – people who will hold their hand, who will tell them something and will listen to their words.
In order to continue to help elderly people in their wish to live with dignity their old age, we need your help. We believe that when we are many, there is hope.