Aragón will train the 1,200 workers of its nine public residences for the elderly in person-centered care


The Aragonese Institute of Social Services (IASS) will form on the person-centred care for approximately 1,200 workers in the nine public residences for the elderly of the Community and, among them, 200 will receive more direct support for the development of this new model of care. The Mattia Institutea national reference in this model, advise and support to the DGA in setting up and evaluating this comprehensive support, which will last until the end of 2024 at a cost of 1,100,000 euros. At the end of this year, the first of the 20 cohabitation units to be built in public centers with an investment of 12.5 million euros should enter into service at the Romareda Residence in Zaragoza.

This Wednesday the process has started with a meeting between the management teams and the leaders of the residential centres; the Minister of Citizenship and Social Rights of the Aragonese Government, María Victoria Broto; IASS Director General Noelia Carbó; the head of the quality management section of the IASS centers, Mariano Fago, and the technicians of the Matía Institute.

The head of the IASS stressed the importance of this work, which also involves “changing and thinking about professional roles” and stressed that “No professional will be left behind”. With regard to the progress of work in the life units planned, specified that the center of Romareda in the Aragonese capital is about to complete the works, and the works in Ciudad de Huesca, Albarracín and Hogar Doz will end in the first quarter of 2023. In addition, in Calatayud the works have been put out to tender and will also end in the first quarter of 2023. Between -time, the construction work of the units should start from the Holy Family (Huesca); Utrillas and Javalambre (Teruel); and Borja (Zaragoza) throughout the coming year.

For his part, the head of the quality management section of the centers of the Aragonese Institute of Social Services pointed out that the coexistence units are “reception areas, normally for around 15 people” and with individual bedrooms in which you work residents “can continue to do activities like those they practiced at home, always based on the right treatment, personalization and autonomy”.

Fago explained that the implementation of the person-centred model of care affects “the whole organization” and therefore working groups are planned at different levels. This Wednesday, an inter-centre meeting was held, which will be followed by work teams in each residence where “all the actors concerned”, employees, users and families, will be housed, so that the program adapts ” to the reality and needs of each centre”.

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From the Matía Institute, its co-director, Erkuren Aldaz, emphasized that person-centered care is “a new look at how to approach care related to aspects such as respect for dignity and personal autonomy, the promotion of the capacities of the signifier and of the everyday”. He also added that this change in care “is part of everyone, institutions, teams, families, users. A change that puts us on the path to transforming long-term care.”

With regard to the new professional roles that will emerge in the coexistence units, the figure ofthe reference worker that each resident will have, that he will be the helper who knows his professional history and his expectations best and will be responsible for “promoting the necessary changes” so that he can develop his life project. There will also be a unit coordinationsince although each “carries his itinerary, they are still within the framework of a center”.

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