Two guest delegations from Latvia and Spain visited Italy in the framework of the CARER+ policy visits and were hosted by the Municipality of Casalecchio di Reno, where a a conference on the local social and welfare system was held.
The Lord Mayor of Casalecchio di Reno, Mr Massimo Bosso, opened the works and briefly presented the activities and the initiatives of the Municipality in the social and healthcare field.
Subsequently Ms Francesca Isola, Director of the Social and Healthcare district of Casalecchio di Reno, described the integrated network of dependency care services and the multi-dimensional assessment approach which regulates access to the services. Francesca explained that support to domiciliary care is the fundamental strategic principle of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Health and Welfare Service to encourage dependent persons to remain and be cared for in their homes for as long as possible. The multidimensional assessment and the individualized care plan are the tools allowing health and social care integration.
Next Mr Massimiliano Di Toro Mammarella, Head of Technical Advisory Board for Health & Social Welfare Care Planning, shortly introduced the landscape of social welfare services in Italy and then made an in-depth presentation of the framework of domiciliary care in Emilia-Romagna with specific reference to the Casalecchio di Reno district territories. Cooperation between public and private services has been set up in order to support households in their needs for home care for their elderly and dependent members, through a provincial initiative called Family Assistants and domiciliary care service network, guidelines for embedding the home care services provided by Family Assistants in the network of the territorial social and welfare services and for surfacing undeclared work.
These first presentations raised an interesting side debate concerning the different roles of informal caregivers, public care workers and private carers employed by the patients’ families (who are called Family Assistants in Italy).
Finally Ms Cecilia Baldini, in charge of the Equal Opportunity area at ASC InSieme (the local public utility for domiciliary care planning and provision), presented a video and then described the approach of ASC InSieme to social welfare services, which is characterized by what Cecilia has described as a “cross-eyed approach” in that it looks in more than one direction in order to catch and incorporate diversities.