SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, March 21. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Orobal Association presented this Monday the facilities of the new Ana de la Cruz day care and occupational center, opened in Los Cristianos, which contributes to improving the quality of care for people with intellectual disabilities in the southern part of the island.
The centre, whose presentation coincided with the celebration of ‘World Down Syndrome Day’, has a total of 87 places (37 from the day center and 50 from the personal autonomy promotion service) and has been rehabilitated with the support of the Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Institute of Social and Socio-Health Care (IASS), which has invested a total of 744,640 euros, which represents an increase of 38 percent compared to 2019.
The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín; the third vice president and counselor of Social Action, Marián Franquet; and the mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, participated in the opening ceremony of the new facilities together with the president of the Orobal Association, Antonio de la Cruz.
They were also attended by the general director of the CajaCanarias Foundation, Alfredo Luaces, and the vice president of the Territorial Council of the Once Foundation, Sandra Santana.
Pedro Martín highlighted “the importance of the new infrastructures to improve the social integration, autonomy and training of people with intellectual disabilities, so that they can feel like first-class citizens”.
Likewise, he stressed “the need to decentralize this type of resource and to continue working to offer all families on the island, regardless of their geographical location, a nearby resource of these characteristics.”
For Martín, “this work is what makes one reconcile with politics and makes it worth making decisions, because they are reflected in people.”
Marián Franquet, for her part, assured that the opening of a new center in the south of the island “is essential to continue growing in quantity and quality of the services that we provide from the Insular Institute of Social and Socio-Health Care (IASS)”.
In this case, hand in hand with Orobal, “an entity that has 30 years of experience and has been collaborating with IASS for 20 years to provide closeness, quality of care and quality of life, not only to users, but also to your families”.
The mayor, José Julián Mena, stressed that “Arona has made accessibility a strategic element that has been recognized internationally, hence the importance of having a center with these characteristics in a town like Los Cristianos, whose development has been due in large part to the constant search for accessibility and all this hand in hand with an association like Orobal, closely linked to Arona”.
The president of Orobal, Antonio de la Cruz, pointed out that the opening of this center is “a dream that has been possible thanks to the support of the IASS, which has made it possible to improve and fit out the new center, which is spacious, comfortable and full of light. natural”.
He indicated that they had been “waiting for it for a long time, and although this is only a shell, it is essential to be able to develop the different programs.”
SERVICES FINANCED BY THE COUNCIL
The Ana de la Cruz day center, which has island funding of 375,040 euros, has 37 places and 15 professionals who work to promote the comprehensive development of people and influence the improvement of their quality of life and that of their family .
The center includes physiotherapy, cognitive stimulation and emotional support services, and has a sports area, an occupational therapy area and a computer area.
In addition, in this same center, a Personal Autonomy Promotion Service is also offered, which has 50 places, nine professionals and 369,600 euros of island financing.
This benefit includes the teaching of 20 monthly hours on physical and emotional well-being, the performance of recreational and sports activities, and the provision of specialized care.
The Orobal Parents Association has more than 30 years of experience and is also attached to the Red Mírame para Listen to me (Red ME), a pioneering initiative in Spain with which the Cabildo aims to facilitate communication between people with disabilities, the elderly and people with special educational support needs, through the implementation of augmentative and alternative communication systems.