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Deinstitutionalization of social services is a challenge, but also a necessity

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published Feb. 21, 2024 10:58

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Recipients of social services need more services in the community, but they value 24-hour facilities and do not want to cut back. Institutions have the potential to expand services in the community, but they face enormous organizational challenges and are afraid of change. Local governments provide too little support for the process. Deinstitutionalization is currently moving at different speeds, inspiring hope and anxiety. This is the main conclusion of a report compiled by Korczak University on care services in the regions.

The report "Nationwide Diagnosis of Deinstitutionalization of Social Services in 16 Polish Voivodeships" was created as a result of nearly a year of research commissioned by Regional Social Policy Centers. The diagnosis was attended by more than 3.5 thousand service recipients, more than 2.6 thousand employees of social welfare institutions and more than 500 representatives of municipal governments. 256 providers of inpatient and community-based services were studied in detail. In total, more than 8,300 service recipients and providers participated in the survey.

- The discussion on deinstitutionalization has been going on for a very long time. The first guidelines from the European Commission appeared as early as 2012. This discussion i...

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