From military storage to providing services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes and hospice care.
Description of the original use
Buildings had been military storage facility from 70s to these days. Montenegro’s government abolished compulsory military service in August 2006, and decided to decrease the capacity. That is the reason why they do not need this building anymore.
Description of conditions for change of use
The need for Nursing Home is due to the constant aging of the population. The percentage of people aged over 65 rose to 12.5% in 2005, from 10% in the ten years before in Montenegro. Niksic still does not have an institution that would ensure the preservation and development of their physical, mental and intellectual potential, as well as strengthening the integrity and identity of the elderly. Municipality of Niksic and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare made the efforts in order to establish the institution, which will provide the habitat in which aged and disabled will have love, attention, respect, where they will be accepted, safe and protected with strengthened faith in people.
Description of the current use
Existing buildings requires minimal planned interventions of demolition in order to satisfy the functions of the planned facility for the accommodation capacity, administration and services. The project includes a series of activities that will adapt the building for new purposes. Engineers are working on the project, which implementation is going to start in spring 2017.
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the municipality of Niksic have provided funds for the reconstruction of buildings that would ensure long-term skilled care given by a registered nurse, medical monitoring and treatments for older people and disabled. Skilled care also includes services provided by specially trained professionals, such as physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists. There are no legislation boundaries for implementation of this project.
It is important for all members of society to have a sense of social and personal responsibility and to understand the importance of social policy. Compassion Society is best illustrated by measures of social care for people who have spent their lives building the foundations of society. The Municipality of Niksic organized the preliminary workshop “New Ideas for Old Buildings”. Nursing home was one of the listed ideas for this specific object. The main conclusion was that the citizens’ participation is the key to a prospective and sustainable solution of empty buildings.
|What||Giving home, support and quality care for older people and disabled|
|Timeline of current use||N/A|
|Previous uses||Military storage facility|
|Where is it, address||Trebjeska St., Niksic, Montenegro|