In 2015, Partners In Health (PIH) Peru, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Municipality of Carabayllo implemented the first Protected Home in Metropolitan Lima to house women with chronic mental illness who, while medically stable lack social support and the skills to live independently.
This initiative marks a critical milestone in efforts to promote Peru’s move to a community-based care for mental health services.
The implementation of introducing the residents to the Protected Home was carried out alongside a comprehensive evaluation an expert committee consisting of professionals from the National Institute of Mental Health-Honorio Delgado-Hideyo Noguchi. The program has the capacity to house 8 women with chronic mental disorders but currently cares for 6 residents. Policy makers aim to expand the current model to provide 200 homes for approximately 1400 people in need of the protection of residential mental health care.
PIH trained community health agents, called "Cuidadoras (caretakers)" to care for the residents. The training included modules on recognizing mental health disorders, behavior management, delivering better treatment and building social skills. Caretakers are responsible for conducting self-care workshops, individual and group therapies for the residents of the Protected Home.
Currently, there are 6 caretakers responsible of supporting residents through the following activities:
- Building self-care skills
- Developing domestic autonomy
- Social skills and community integration
- Daily routine structure
- Health and psycho-education
- Occupational reintegration