The Department of Social Services of the City of Xàbia is working at full capacity to not leave any person in the municipality unprotected during the health crisis.
The responsible councilor, Rita Berruti, has explained that since the end of last week they have enabled an emergency shelter, attended 24 hours by municipal staff, in a hostel in Balcón al Mar to shelter homeless people or possible victims of gender violence until finding a place in a qualified center. In addition, these facilities are also enabled for those who, due to the state of their home, cannot carry out forced confinement at home. At the moment there is a person.
Likewise, also preparing two spaces donated by the parishes of the municipality and the Diocese of Valencia, in the Monastery of La Plana and the hermitage of Sant Sebastià, in case the demand grew or other needs arose.
Aid to vulnerable families
Another flank in which demand has grown and response protocols have had to be streamlined are social emergency aid so that the most vulnerable families have basic food, hygiene and medicine needs covered.
"The exceptional situation we are experiencing means that in many family units they do not have any economic income" Berruti points out, pointing out that the work of detecting this whole situation is being carried out with the Red Cross.
To give an answer, the City Council has reorganized the functions of the staff of the social area to carry out the procedures and procedures and 24 hours after the request, those affected have a response.
Social Services is also running the costs of acquiring food and hygiene products distributed by the Red Cross to both users and the elderly who cannot leave the home. The NGO has 150 families in its support program, which now includes seniors at risk who cannot leave home.
In this sense, everyone who wants to make a donation for this social aid can do it in two ways: with an income to the account of the Xàbia Red Cross (IBAN ES51 0049 3894 9528 1421 7469) or by making the income on account in local businesses that They want to collaborate (butchers, bakeries, etc ...) so that the Red Cross can use buying the products it needs and at the same time, support small businesses in this situation.
The City Council also maintains the Home Help Service (SAD) for the elderly or disabled. In this sense, temporary voluntary sick leave (since when the family does not go to work directly takes care of the care) compensates for the new cases that arise from confined elderly people alone without family support or social networks that are being given high.
Also from Radars, the anti-loneliness program, is being followed up and phone calls every three days to all people who are discharged. Finally, the social care area has also adapted other services to the situation, such as the TAPIS workshops for chronic mentally ill patients. Now the educator is focused on providing telephone support to all users. Like the psychological support team, which is waiting to answer any demand that may arise by telephone.
The Family and Childhood team is still active, prepared to deal with any conflictive situation within the family as a result of confinement.