Home Sulická hosted disabled Ukrainian refugees

At the Home for the Disabled Sulická, which is being set up by the municipality, only people over the age of 16 can be accepted. Now, however, there is a Ukrainian customer who is 14 years old. Director of the house Lenka Kohoutová the emergency situation in particular helps, otherwise, the extraordinary income of people who do not comply with the established rules should be approved by the Department of Social Welfare of the municipality, not only because of their age, but also because they are not citizens of Prague, or because they are an escort. “We are reporting everything as an extraordinary event and just trying to help as much as we can.” says the director

“We welcome people fleeing war, who want to save their lives, someone fled from bombarded Kharkov, there is no time to ask for an exception,” Kohoutová points out a he assumes full responsibility.

Home Sulická receives refugees from Ukraine. | Home Sulicka

There are currently 8 refugees from Ukraine in Sulická, 5 people with disabilities and 3 are escorted. At the time of the interview with Blesk News (Friday March 25, 2022, editor’s note) the staff had arranged another placement of the mother with the disabled son and were preparing to receive the patient from the psychiatric hospital in Bohnice.

You can’t separate families

“The oldest refugee is 74 years old. They are people with mental disabilities and there are other associated diseaseslike Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome or various internal diseases,” says Lenka Kohoutová, a current client from Ukraine.

Under normal circumstances at home family members cannot live with disabled people.

“But it’s hard to separate your daughter from your mother, who was never without her. They cannot live in a normal household, because the girl has specific behaviors. In addition, these situations are very difficult for people with mental disabilities.“, said Lenka Kohoutová Blesk Správy.

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Outpatient services are also very common in Ukraine, when the family picks up the parent in the morning and picks them up in the afternoon. Such services also exist in our country, but there are very few of them and Ukrainian customers do not enter itthey will therefore have to turn to houses like that of Sulická.

According to Kohoutová, people with intellectual disabilities or SAP are accustomed to functioning according to a certain rhythm, their life resembles a ritual, and if something deviates from the ritual, especially their mental state may worsen. Why lived these last days in Ukraine or on the run, everyone reacts differently.

Kohoutová mentions the family history, who fled with a healthy child and a disabled daughter. They also came under shelling, the girl was frightened and did not sleep for several days.

“Then the staff sat with her and patted her head for so longuntil she falls asleep. Another customer drank fully steeped tea and needed two duvets to fall asleep. Everyone reacts differently to a crisis, but even if they’re fine now, they’ll remember what they’ve been through for the rest of their lives“Kohoutová thinks.”

Even those who are afraid who came with the handicapped as an escort. “They don’t have what it looks like at home, sometimes they have no information about their relatives. They want to work here, they constantly ask for work and, above all, they want to return home as soon as possible. Not everyone will do it right away,” adds Lenka Kohoutová. Moreover, not everyone consciously headed for the Czech Republic. In short, they wanted to be safe. A woman had no idea what country she was in.

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How to talk about the war to people with disabilities?

Existing customers approach new ones quite normally. Communication is not a problem either. “The guides speak English or Russian, we have Ukrainian staff, the gentleman at the reception often helped us with the translations, while I sat at the reception instead, smiles the director. Not all the customers they can express themselves in words, so it is necessary to describe the maximum number of gestures to which they are accustomed. A customer reacts to ukrainian musicwhich reassures her.”

“Existing customers also ask about the war, because of course they watch TV. We talk about it with them, those who do not communicate with words, for those we have an alternative communication system in simple language, using images. Customers who are not severely disabled have even offered assistance and helped us move donations, that our employees have chosen”, explains Kohoutová cohesion at home.

Currently, the house awaits both the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs implements a payment system for Ukrainian customers. But now it’s he still has to fend for himself, through donations.

People came with a pair of winter boots

Lenka Kohoutová was on vacation and a place to enjoy the mountains at the time of the conflict in Ukraine she immediately started explaining how the house would help. It wasn’t easy at first. “The municipality has sent out a call on the number of people we can place, however, nobody asks if you can accept, for example, five women or five men. How are you equipped, if there is a need for on-site medical service. We wrote what we could do and nothing. Through our social networks we then announced that we would be placing mentally handicapped clients and we started calling each otherwho need help. Now We are currently accepting donations and setting up a collection so that we can pay customers for food, clothing, supplements for medicine etc We cannot wait for help from the ministry, these people need help right now,” says Kohoutová.

Most of them did not come with a suitcase, but e.g. with a single plastic bag, some only wore a winter boot. “We had to dress them completely, buy them, for example, soap, a toothbrush and underwear“, explains the director, adding that most of the clothes were brought by the staff themselves, other things were brought by people as gifts.

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Home last year reduces the capacity by ten beds, but if necessary, it can increase it immediately. Also because of the refugees staff he has left the therapy room and is ready to make the beds in the meeting rooms.

“I would like to emphasize that we still accept Czech customers. When we posted a call on social media to accept refugees, a debate broke out, which I would call Bohemia to the Czechs. But people don’t realize that what is happening now in Ukraine can happen to us. – So who’s going to help us?asks Lenka Kohoutová, who had to respond to hateful and critical comments.

“It’s important for us to make people understand why we do what we do. We try to help, by nature we are given that, we are a social service, ”concludes Lenka Kohoutová.

If you want to help Domova Sulická customers, follow her Facebook page.

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The Be My Kind initiative will help Ukrainian refugee teenagers to better integrate and connect with Czech students of the same age. “Most Ukrainian teenagers want to learn Czech and get to know Brno. It’s important that they have a friend to help them with that.” Coordinator Anna Demčuková, originally from Ukraine but who studied and lives in the Czech Republic, told ČTK about the project.

The project was initiated by the Brno NESEHNUTÍ, similar to the previous “buddy” program, which matched foreign students with locals. His goal was to eliminate prejudice and build relationships. In response to events in Ukraine, the group decided to target Ukrainian refugees between the ages of 14 and 18. It will put them in touch with peers from Czech high schools and colleges.

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The General Staff later said that Russian troops in Ukraine had supplemented reinforcements in the form of around 2,000 troops from Russian bases in Georgia’s breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.. However, Russian forces continue to face difficulties in replenishing their deployments, such as the recruits of the 26th tank regiment, according to the Ukrainian general staff, calling for the cancellation of service contracts in the Russian army, which forced them to sign after the deployment to Ukraine.

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