In our sheltered housing model we take as a basis the development of the person in an integral way, that is, taking into account all aspects: physical, mental and emotional. And it is from this vision that we carry out all our actions. The current pandemic situation demands as a priority the protection and safety of both our residents and our professionals, which is why we have implemented all the guidelines and regulations established by the health authorities. This brings about a new dynamic in the functioning of the home.
Family participation, which is one of the pillars of our model, is affected by this new regulation. A clear objective of the foundation is to maintain and support the relationship and closeness of young people with their families, essential given their special vulnerability. We take care of and maintain their emotional health by supporting each other on walks in the garden, riding a bicycle or playing boccia. These are therapeutic moments, but being able to see the parents, siblings or any other relative is essential and emotionally necessary and, if possible, even more so for those who have a delicate health and any change affects them.
Today we can say that thanks to the exceptionality of the Lukas Foundation House-Home model we can allow ourselves to continue promoting family relationships by complying with current public safety regulations. Thus, thanks to the fact that each of the residents has their own individual room, they can receive a visit from their relative through the glass of their room overlooking the garden or take a walk through it while maintaining a safe distance.
The fact of having ample spaces and the high number of square meters per person that the House-Home has, allow the physical distancing required by the health authorities, being able to prudently maintain personal relationships while offering the necessary guarantees.
From the Foundation we support families knowing that the situation is not easy, nor will it be in the near future. We will continue working to maintain the model of the integral development of the person and to extend the Casa-Hogar proposal, which in addition to its intrinsic benefits, has shown that in adverse situations such as the one we are experiencing, it allows alternatives and offers many advantages.
A new challenge that we accept with a positive spirit, confidence and determination!