MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
The Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security, José António Vieira da Silva, said that the new Portuguese Red Cross Neurointervention Complex, aimed at people with dementia, “is very important for the future.”
In Vila Nova de Gaia, at the inauguration ceremony of the infrastructure, the Minister stressed that this complex “is not limited to providing a classic social response”. “It serves as a demonstration and teaching unit for other institutions,” he added.
Vieira da Silva highlighted the focus on home support and instruments to support people’s readaptation to a new reality as differentiating elements that could be replicated in the rest of the country.
«This equipment is very important for the future. If it works well, it will teach many people how to improve the lives of women and men facing this challenge, ”he said.
The Minister also stated that “Portuguese society now has a demonstration pole, based on very interesting national and international cooperation with reference institutions.”
The Red Cross Neurointervention Complex will open in October, has 28 rooms and can accommodate 400 people with dementia and provide 60 households a year. The work represented an investment of one and a half million euros and the state will finance the complex with 1.2 million euros annually. In the first phase, it will employ 50 professionals.
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