Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
A lung disease patient is 16h/24h supported by oxygen concentrator and medicines, thus not being able to move outside the house. His social life is affected since he feels bound and dependent on his people, his health is easily affected e.g. by weather and he has to be transferred to the hospital several times in a year. His family is also affected since it is them who are mostly responsible for his care. Galinos project provides medical & supporting personnel that take care of the patient thus reducing the hospital visits only to the absolute necessary, and to guarantee a better quality of life for everyone. The program for each patient’s care is personalized and the support teams see that all of the patient’s needs are fully covered.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Patients with chronic diseases (Lung diseases, Diabetes, Alzheimer, Parkinson), Cancer, Disabled people, Elders and others and their families can have medical care at their home and supplementary psychological and social support. In 2009 for example 18.203 patients with chronic lung diseases and 16.206 patients with Diabetes, mostly between 50-90 years of age were hospitalized in Greece (source EL.STAT.). The Cooperative Social Enterprise (C.S.E.) «Galinos» by Galinos project, being able to provide a number of services that keeps chronic patient’s health condition steady, helps in the recovery of the patient after leaving the hospital, improves his quality of life, supports his family and house functionality, creates work opportunities, informs the local community about the contribution of Social Economy in Greece and is above all an innovation for Greek society.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The project will at first apply for the city of Kavala and our goal is to expand it for the rest of the country. The low operational costs of the project allow us to better manage our available sources and to prolong the project’s operation. Our target is to provide social work to the concerning communities. Since patients with chronic diseases increase every year in Greece, we believe that the users of Galinos project will also increase every year along with their confidence in the C.S.E. GALINOS concerning their health and everyday life.