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Supervised apartment for people with mental disorders

published: 2019-12-20 09:28, mlan
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The Wolski City Hospital has implemented a new project involving a supervised apartment in Warsaw for five people with mental disorders.

The apartment has undergone a thorough renovation and new furniture, kitchen equipment, and radios and TV sets were purchased. Therapists will take care of and work with the occupants there. Therapeutic support (therapist and psychologist), however, is not provided round the clock. The staff stays in the apartment during the day. Psychological support is provided and group and individual training (including in cooking, cleaning and budgeting) is conducted.

The apartment at al. Solidarności is the second supervised apartment built as part of the above-mentioned project. The first apartment was provided on Jagiellońska Street in December 2018.It is intended for five people with mental disabilities and is run by an association called Stowarzyszenie Otwarte Drzwi.

The apartment was visited by Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Paweł Rabiej, who gave the residents small gifts.

Supervised apartments enable their occupants to satisfy their personal needs by ensuring privacy, peace, security and freedom from external requirements. Relationships with other residents based on sharing everyday life experiences create favourable conditions for developing a sense of belonging to the community. Research on the benefits provided by such apartments indicates their beneficial effect on social functioning, the extension of the social support network, lower severity of negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and greater satisfaction with all aspects of quality of life.

Family members are more content with their loved ones living in supervised apartments instead of hospitals. The supervised apartment also provides its occupants with an opportunity to pursue their own personal life goals. It is an opportunity to make independent decisions about education, take up work or establish interpersonal relationships.

The current occupants will stay in the supervised apartment until the end of the project, i.e. until 30 November 2020.

The city provided the apartment as part of the project entitled "Warsaw Integrated System of Treatment and Environmental Support for People with Mental Disorders – testing and implementation" co-financed from the ESF under the Knowledge Education Development Operational Programme for 2014-2020. The total value of the project is PLN 12.1 million, with Warsaw's contribution amounting to nearly PLN 250,000.