Integrated Care for Seniors as a Challenge for Slovakia

  • Michaela Vaceková Mgr. Department of Social Services and Counselling, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
  • Jana Levická prof. PhDr. Mgr.PhD. Department of Social Services and Counselling, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Keywords: Integrated care, case study, social work, seniors

Abstract

Older age can be accompanied by a lot of changes in the field of health, which influence the social functioning of seniors.One of the factors influencing the quality of life of seniors is the connection of healthcare and social care, built on the interdepartmental cooperation. This approach is still absent in Slovakia.The aim of the paper is therefore to emphasize the importance and need of integrated care and to describe the barriers that prevent its implementation in Slovakia. In search of answers to the questions: “When and why was the healthcare and social care department of seniors established in Slovakia? What are the reasons persisting in this condition? What are the consequences of this divided care for the seniors in practice? What strategies use facilities for seniors to overcome this situation during the COVID-19 pandemic?” the authors used the method of the case study (Yin, 2003) focused on the Trnava self-governing region. Persistent structural, procedural, legislative and political factors have been identified as the main barriers. Specific for Slovakia is the existence of a barrier of the profession, which is caused by the low interest of social workers in the issue. The authors state that the situation in Slovakia is caused mainly by the reflection of integrated care as a political problem. In the end, the authors make several suggestions for solving the situation.

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Published
2022-01-13
How to Cite
Vaceková, M., & Levická, J. (2022). Integrated Care for Seniors as a Challenge for Slovakia. LUMEN Proceedings, 17, 689-705. https://doi.org/10.18662/wlc2021/70