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Volume 9, issue 3

Doświadczenia

Community self-help houses and the problems they face

WŁADYSŁAW STERNA1
1. Samodzielnego Publicznego Psychiatryczno-WielospecjalistycznegoZakładu Opieki Zdrowotnej w Gorzowie Wielkopolskim
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, 9, 435-441
Keywords: community self-help houses

Abstract

An attempt is made to indicate themost important problems faced by communityself-help houses. It is based on practical observationsobtained by the personnel of several houses (locatedin the region of Gorzów and Zielona Góra) in thecourse of their normal activity. The main conclusionsare as follows. First, thorough analysis of the specific needs in the environment should precede foundation of community self-help houses. Second,scope of their activity should be diversified (separateoffers for mentally ill, mentally retarded, personswith dementia and possibly many others). Last butnot least, appropriate regulations for daily activityand principles of documentation handling should beestablished. Community self-help houses may beregarded as a good alternative to the health caresystem and therefore their competencies should becarefully defined.

Address for correspondence:
Adres: Dr Władysław Sterna,
Samodzielny Publiczny Psychiatryczno-Wielospecjalistyczny Zakład Opieki Zdrowotnej,
ul. Walczaka 42, 66-400 Gorzów Wielkopolski, tel. (0-95) 7358169