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ECO - Elderly
With a growing reputation in the
region for providing outstanding Elderly Care and Facility Management,
the Mayor of Oradea contacted The Smiles Foundation in the summer of
2014, with a request to consider managing the City’s newest facility.
a £1million ($1.5million) renovation, achieved with an EU Grant, the
City of Oradea revealed the large splendid facilities available for
Social Services who unfortunately, did not have the resources,
experience or ability to manage the size and demands of the project.
The State wanted a
capable NGO to manage the facility, so put the option out to auction
and the Smiles Foundation decided to offer a tender.
After some extensive detailed discussions and negotiations, a 10 year
management agreement was signed and Smiles was awarded the contract.
We set about some
changes involving the original plans for the kitchen and laundry that
were thought to be out-sourced when the building was designed, but we
wanted the services handled in-house. So unfortunately, in this nicely
finished building, some major renovation work was required, but all
was successfully completed and the new facility opened as planned in
staff, by the end of 2014, ECO had 24 residents, but as the reputation
of Smiles Elderly Care spread throughout the City and beyond we soon
reached our capacity of 46 – and we anticipate demand continuing to be
strong as we now hold a waiting list for those wanting to make ECO
The facility cares
for residents from various backgrounds including several ‘social
cases’ unable to cover the cost of care. In these cases, Smiles looks
for sponsorship from its numerous supporters which can be done by way
of regular general support to the ECO facility or specific support for
residents with a starting level of £10 /$15 a month.
Director, Georgi Opreanu is responsible for the facility,
helped by administrative assistant Ligia Mitra and superbly
assisted on site by permanent Social Assistant, Mioara Cuciula
and resident doctor, Dr Diana Dragus. The facility has
specialist trained loving staff to provide quality supervision and
care to the highest standard possible.
Our Care of
residents in ECO, just as with our facilities at the Joint Facility of
Love in Salonta, covers all needs including Medical expenses. We have
a full-time Doctor on staff and Nurses on every shift around the
clock. We undertake to provide whatever medical needs a resident
requires and this requires enormous faith in God’s provision as of
course we have no idea what a resident’s needs will become. Whatever
they are when the resident first comes to ECO or JFL, doesn’t
guarantee anything regards their developing needs when with us several
months or even years.
and the people benefiting from it need your support, so please
consider how you can best help whether with a monthly sponsorship or
fund-raising event on behalf of the Project.
cost of ECO facility is £15,000 ($19,500) per month.
The average cost
of caring for a resident in ECO is £375 ($487) per month.
(Sponsored residents who leave the
facility will have their allocated sponsorship transferred to
other residents in need of support)
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