Care for the elderly and the sick

Care for the sick and elderly in Poland can be divided into two main categories, the care provided by various institutions as state and private, and long-term care provided at home.

Among the institutional centers from which can use the sick and the elderly can be replaced senior homes, nursing homes, hospices, Support Centres for the Elderly, or Houses of Social Welfare.

However, among the available forms of home care for the sick and elderly it is worth discuss professional medical carer and nurse seconded to the long-term help for sick or elderly person. Below we present the principles of individual institutions.


Senior Houses 

Senior Houses can have a different legal form, some of them is conducted by private owners, others are managed by public entities. During the stay in this type of home elderly person is provided with the comfort of staying in their own room, a constant, round the clock medical care and the right equipment, that is often required in the care of older people, that acquire a disability in the field of self-care. Senior Houses  focus not only on the care of the chronically ill and the disabled, they have also in the offer a range of activities for seniors that provide them entertainment tailored to the age and needs. The advantage of Senior's Houses is also adapt their architecture to the needs of the elderly, that greatly facilitates the getting around (of a certain age the necessity of enter the first floor can become an insurmountable obstacle and therefore this type of objects have the form of one storey houses or are equipped with lift).

Guardian Medical

Guardian Medical is a relatively new profession, For there is a only since 2008. The task of the medical caretaker is to accompany an older person or ill and self-reliant, recognizing its needs and help in theirs satisfying. The tasks of medical caretaker are very wide, it should in fact take care of the needs of both the biological, psychological and social mentee. The task of the medical caretaker is also assisting the health professionals during treatments of ward, cooperation with a team of therapeutic and caring. This profession was created as a result of declining counts of nurses and increasing demands of an aging population. Medical caregivers are currently encountered both in hospitals where they assist the nurses as well as fulfill the responsibilities of caring for the elderly, sick and self-reliant in the patient's home. Medical caretaker can deal with nursing the sick, and keep an eye on the medication, however , he may not perform the treatments to which is entitled only nurse, such as injection or administration of a drip.

Long-term nursing care


Long-term nursing care under this term hides care for the elderly and the sick in their homes, to which is assigned a nurse at the request of the patient. The granting of such care in the framework of NFZ is possible if the patient has a referral from your primary care physician or a referral from the hospital, suffers from chronic diseases is somewhat immobilized. The granting of long-term nursing care is also decided by accompanying other diseases, general health of the patient and degree of disability, is also important to rate in 40-point scale of Barthel. Persons who do not qualify for nursing of care within the National Health Fund can also independently hire a private nurse to look after the patient. In the framework of tasks of public health nurse or long-term care of patients, teach members of the family to care for the sick, organize the rooms, furniture, medicines, etc. so that patient can also independently take care of yourself to some extent.