On Tuesday, 8th May 2018, Congress Centre Brdo will hold the First Slovenian conference on informal care, organized by the Slovenian Ministry of Health and Anton Trstenjak Institute.
The Conference will be attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour, Family, Social affairs and Equal Opportunities, NGO representatives, experts from the science and social fields and the media.
Spominčica – Alzheimer Slovenia has been invited to actively participate on the conference. Stefanija L. Zlobec, president of Spomincica, will attend a round table entitled »Good practice and directives on supporting family carers in Slovenia«. Spomincica will also be represented by a poster on informal care of persons with dementia at home.
An informal carer is someone who daily or at least a few hours weekly cares for an elderly, chronically ill or a person with a disability free of charge. This way, informal carers enable their relatives, friends, acquaintances or neighbors to live at home for as long as possible.
Statistics shows that every 10th Slovenian takes the role of an informal carer, a percentage that is only going to increase due to ageing society. It is important that informal carers get the professional, financial and legal support to enable them to face this difficult task.
Family and informal carers in Slovenia still do not receive appropriate recognition and support from policy makers, professionals, in the public or even in their work and home environments. For this reason the Ministry of Health in cooperation with Anton Trstenjak Institute who is actively participating in the field of informal care for more than 20 years, and European association Eurocarers are organizing the First Slovenian conference on informal care. The conference will focus on family care.