SAINT MARGARET’S HOSPICE FOR CHILDREN WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES, established in 1999 with the goal of providing protection and nurturing care, adapted to the diagnosis and specific needs of children with severe disabilities who are separated from their parents, per the foster care proceedings and the laws in force.
During the foster care placement measure, the centre provides a safe environment coupled with emotional and psychological support, housing, social and medical assistance, rehabilitation and social, family and school integration.
Beneficiaries are 17 children with severe neurological diseases and associated comorbidities, aged between 0-14 years old.
Activities provided to the beneficiaries:
Specialized personal care tailored for children with severe disabilities (daily personal hygiene and feedings including pre-approved menus and meal plans, special diets created by a nutrition specialist taking into consideration the age, developmental stage and diagnosis of each child),
Permanent supervision, companionship and help ensured by the specialized care staff,
Specialized health care subject to each child’s specific needs: periodical medical assessment, appropriate treatment, immunization programme, treatment for recurrent health problems, access to other medical services when needed: dental, ENT, ophthalmology, surgery, etc.
Three warm meals per day and 2 healthy and nutritious snacks, prepared in house and served in a designated area at the hospice,
Social assistance: taking the necessary steps required for ensuring the proper protection of children with severe disabilities under the laws in force, maintaining or re-establishing the relationship with the family (parents, siblings, other relatives), friends, other people the children are attached to, counseling and support for parents/legal guardians and promotion of family reintegration,
Rehabilitation activities per each child’s specific needs and diagnosis: physiotherapy and massage, sensory stimulation, psycho-motor therapy, manual skills and abilities, training of personal autonomy (self-service skills training), reorganization and restructuring of the perceptual-motor learning,
Leisure and socializing activities,
Specialized personnel: Centre coordinator, social worker, 3 general and family practitioners, 9 trained nurses, 7 caregivers, 2 social parents, 2 physiotherapists, psychologist.
CID –UK Foundation; Bucharest Sector 2 Social Services Department; Bucharest Sector 6 Social Services Department; Bucharest Sector 3 Social Services Department; Ilfov County Social Services Department; Mehedinți County Social Services Department; Ialomita County Social Services Department.
Address: No.16 Radu de la Afumați Street, Sector 2, Bucharest