Programs/Services

Over the years, the Diakonia Oradea Branch has grown harmoniously, our very first program being elderly care. We started our activity in 2013 with this program, and back then it was only available in Oradea, but later we opened further workpoints in Pericei, Aleșd and Diosig, and we keep going, establishing new workpoints year after year in the settlements where there is a need.

We have also expanded the range of people we serve, not only the elderly, but also the disabled, through the Méhecske (Honeybee) Protected Workshop. This later led to the establishment of the now existing Crafts Exhibition Hall in Oradea.

Then we started our residential care program for the elderly, in the Életfája (Tree of Life) Retirement Home in Roșiori and the day care activity in Oradea, helping children from disadvantaged families to continue their education and stay in school.

2013

Over the years, the Diakonia Oradea Branch has grown harmoniously, our very first program being elderly care. We started our activity in 2013 with this program, and back then it was only available in Oradea, but later we opened further workpoints in Pericei, Aleșd and Diosig, and we keep going, establishing new workpoints year after year in the settlements where there is a need.

2013

We have also expanded the range of people we serve, not only the elderly, but also the disabled, through the Méhecske (Honeybee) Protected Workshop. This later led to the establishment of the now existing Crafts Exhibition Hall in Oradea.

Then we started our residential care program for the elderly, in the Életfája (Tree of Life) Retirement Home in Roșiori and the day care activity in Oradea, helping children from disadvantaged families to continue their education and stay in school.

Programs

Central office

Home care for the elderly

Retirement home

Children’s programs

Méhecske (Honeybee) Workshop and Exhibition Hall

Central office

Home care for the elderly

Retirement home

Children’s programs

Central office

In 2020 we moved to our new headquarters at 30 Kogălniceanu Street, Oradea. This is the location of the Oradea Branch’s central office, the office of the Oradea Home Care Program and the storage for helping equipment.

As most of our work is done in the field and involves a lot of administration, it is best to contact our colleagues by phone or e-mail to discuss further details.

You can request information about any of our programs and services here, and our staff will seek to help you out.

Our colleagues

Dénes Éva

Managing director

Sârbu Lőrincz Andrea Ingrid

Project manager

Home care service for the elderly

The home care service covers 4 types of services

COMMUNITY SERVICES

BASIC CARE AT HOME

SOCIAL INTEGRATION

RENTAL OF CAREGIVING EQUIPMENT

You can request just one or all of these, based on your identified needs, until the elderly person’s health or mental state allows them to be cared for in their own home.

Eligible for the program are those who:

Locations of our home care programs

Contact

Services

Community services

  • Keeping the home clean: vacuuming, mopping, taking out the garbage, washing the dishes, carrying firewood, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, washing clothes and bed linen or taking them to the laundry.
  • Accompanying the elderly to the doctor and pharmacy, helping with official business, shopping
  • Visiting, making conversation, hospital visits
  • Assistance and supervision in home treatments
  • Offering information and advice on other services

Basic care at home

  • General personal hygiene, bathing, intimate washing, hair washing, shaving, nail trimming
  • Dressing, changing of bed linen
  • Seating, moving, changing of place
  • Assistance with meals
  • Changing incontinence equipment
  • Measuring blood pressure and blood glucose

Social integration

  • Information on social rights, participation in social life
  • Reading newspapers and books
  • Bible reading, prayer, singing together
  • Spiritual support, conversation, discussion of world events
  • Information about social and community services
  • Advice to family members on home care methods

Rental of caregiving equipment

  • walking frame
  • crutches
  • wheelchair
  • toilet chair
  • sickbed

History, structure

Our Oradea workpoint was our first service location, and in 2013 we started providing home care here, covering the whole city of Oradea. During this time, we have cared for 137 elderly people, providing an average of 2115 services per month and spending 480 hours in their homes, helping and supporting them as much as we can. The whole home care service is coordinated by an institution manager, with our social worker taking care of the administrative tasks and maintaining contact at the given workpoint. In the field, the elderly are looked after on a daily basis by our elderly carer colleagues.

We do not have a sponsor on this workpoint at the moment, we are self-financed, and we maintain this service with the symbolic amounts collected from the elderly, as well as with the money coming from the rental of caregiving equipment and periodic donations. The Swiss HEKS Foundation was our main sponsor upon establishing this workpoint.

The home care service is accredited by the state, meets mandatory quality standards and is regularly inspected by state authorities.

Our colleagues

Mihucz Károly

Social worker, elderly carer

Zefer Andrea

Social worker, service manager

Kiss Szidónia

Elderly carer

Gorobics Erzsébet

Elderly carer

Dudás Ottília

Elderly carer

Contact

Services

Community services

  • Keeping the home clean: vacuuming, mopping, taking out the garbage, washing the dishes, carrying firewood, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, washing clothes and bed linen or taking them to the laundry.
  • Accompanying the elderly to the doctor and pharmacy, helping with official business, shopping
  • Visiting, making conversation, hospital visits
  • Assistance and supervision in home treatments
  • Offering information and advice on other services

Basic care at home

  • General personal hygiene, bathing, intimate washing, hair washing, shaving, nail trimming
  • Dressing, changing of bed linen
  • Seating, moving, changing of place
  • Assistance with meals
  • Changing incontinence equipment
  • Measuring blood pressure and blood glucose

Social integration

  • Information on social rights, participation in social life
  • Reading newspapers and books
  • Bible reading, prayer, singing together
  • Spiritual support, conversation, discussion of world events
  • Information about social and community services
  • Advice to family members on home care methods

Rental of caregiving equipment

  • walking frame
  • crutches
  • wheelchair
  • toilet chair
  • sickbed

History, structure

Our second workplace is located in Pericei commune and covers the settlements of Pericei, Sici and Periceiu Mic.

By serving two counties, our foundation has grown to regional importance.

This care service is also state-accredited, meets mandatory quality standards and is regularly inspected by state authorities.

Our sponsors are the Pericei Mayor’s Office and the Sălaj County Council. Thanks to this, our elderly people do not have to contribute to the maintenance of the service and have free access to the caregiving equipment, too, with a rental contract. The Swiss HEKS Foundation was our main sponsor upon establishing this workpoint.

So far, we have cared for 45 elderly people on this workpoint, providing an average of 1,541 services per month and 280 hours in the homes of the elderly, helping and supporting them as much as we can.

The home care service in Pericei is run by a service leading social worker. In the field, the elderly are looked after on a daily basis by our elderly care and nursing colleagues.

Our colleagues

Bonczidai Xénia

Nurse, elderly carer

Zefer Andrea

Social worker, service manager

Gáspár Erzsébet

Elderly carer

Contact

Services

Community services

  • Keeping the home clean: vacuuming, mopping, taking out the garbage, washing the dishes, carrying firewood, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, washing clothes and bed linen or taking them to the laundry.
  • Accompanying the elderly to the doctor and pharmacy, helping with official business, shopping
  • Visiting, making conversation, hospital visits
  • Assistance and supervision in home treatments
  • Offering information and advice on other services

Basic care at home

  • General personal hygiene, bathing, intimate washing, hair washing, shaving, nail trimming
  • Dressing, changing of bed linen
  • Seating, moving, changing of place
  • Assistance with meals
  • Changing incontinence equipment
  • Measuring blood pressure and blood glucose

Social integration

  • Information on social rights, participation in social life
  • Reading newspapers and books
  • Bible reading, prayer, singing together
  • Spiritual support, conversation, discussion of world events
  • Information about social and community services
  • Advice to family members on home care methods

History, structure

Our third home care workpoint is located in Aleșd, being also accredited by the state, meeting mandatory quality standards and being regularly inspected by state authorities.

We maintain this workpoint on our own, by finding and attracting foreign sponsors, so that the elderly here can also receive help. The Swiss HEKS Foundation was our main sponsor upon establishing this workpoint.

We have cared for 22 elderly people so far, providing an average of 230 services a month and 140 hours of assistance and support in their homes.

The home care service in Aleșd is run by a service leading social worker. In the field, the elderly are looked after on a daily basis by our elderly carer colleagues.

Our colleagues

Dénes Éva

Managing director

Tanc Anikó

Elderly carer

Services

Community services

  • Keeping the home clean: vacuuming, mopping, taking out the garbage, washing the dishes, carrying firewood, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, washing clothes and bed linen or taking them to the laundry.
  • Accompanying the elderly to the doctor and pharmacy, helping with official business, shopping
  • Visiting, making conversation, hospital visits
  • Assistance and supervision in home treatments
  • Offering information and advice on other services

Basic care at home

  • General personal hygiene, bathing, intimate washing, hair washing, shaving, nail trimming
  • Dressing, changing of bed linen
  • Seating, moving, changing of place
  • Assistance with meals
  • Changing incontinence equipment
  • Measuring blood pressure and blood glucose

Social integration

  • Information on social rights, participation in social life
  • Reading newspapers and books
  • Bible reading, prayer, singing together
  • Spiritual support, conversation, discussion of world events
  • Information about social and community services
  • Advice to family members on home care methods

History, structure

Our fourth workpoint in Diosig is being opened and is in the process of being authorized.

The Mayor’s Office supports its maintenance and the service here has also been established with support from the Swiss HEKS Foundation.

The home care service in Diosig is run by a service leading social worker, while, in the field, the elderly are looked after on a daily basis by our elderly carer colleagues. In the initial period, weekly meetings and sessions will be organized for the elderly, and the circle of beneficiaries will be built up.

Our colleagues

Dénes Éva

Managing director

Bernat Annamária

Elderly carer

Szűcs Ibolya

Elderly carer

Életfája (Tree of Life) Retirement Home

The Életfája (Tree of Life) Retirement Home is located in Roșiori (Bihor County), in a quiet rural setting, 25 kilometers from Oradea. It provides permanent care for residents, with nursing and care staff.

The staff are professional and caring towards the residents, who include elderly people who are independent, in need of companionship and who have difficulties in independent living. In our home they all find a safe community and care appropriate to their condition.

To find out more about the Életfája (Tree of Life) Retirement Home, visit the website:

Méhecske (Honeybee) Protected Workshop and Exhibition Hall

The Méhecske (Honeybee) Protected Workshop was established in 2016. Its aim is to provide employment for people with disabilities in the sewing workshop and to ensure their income from the sale of the products made. With the help of our staff, several young people with disabilities have found jobs as part of the integration process. And that’s the point: in this workplace they can learn a trade, develop in an understanding and supportive environment, practice responsibility and integration in the work environment, and have doors opened for them.

We have often organized visits for school classes, craft workshops, club activities for young people with disabilities, as well as mini sewing courses, all with the aim of making more people aware of the everyday difficulties and joys of people with disabilities, to reduce prejudice and taboos, to increase acceptance and understanding.

Our products

Our most popular products are the beanbags, which you can read about and even order. They are good quality, reasonably priced and have the added value of keeping disabled people in work by buying them.

More information:

To find out more, visit the website of the Workshop

Or visit our Exhibition Hall, where you can purchase our own products, as well as a wide range of Transylvanian artisans’ creations and products.

Children's programs

Our latest Social Program is to support the education of children coming from disadvantaged families.

After-school activities include a daily warm lunch for 12 children, doing homework together, practicing Hungarian, Romanian and general skills, as well as lots of games, outdoor activities, board games, singing and praying together.

We also involve parents as much as possible in the process, as they have a big role to play in keeping their little ones motivated and determined to succeed in their studies.

A teacher and a social worker are in charge of the service here, in the classrooms at 63 Calea Clujului, in the school and in the field, maintaining contact with parents.

We plan to modernize the courtyard and the classroom equipment, provided we receive funding. We focus on the professional development of the staff through continuous specialized training, and with the help of a psychologist we are developing a program where the child and the family as a whole are involved in learning, school progress and career choices, so that the youth of the future have more opportunities and better jobs to earn a living.

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