The housing emergency for the elderly is a major problem in Italy. To safeguard the rights of the elderly to stay in their own homes, the Community of Sant'Egidio has set up a protected condominium in the Monteverde district of Rome. The Fondazione Deutsche Bank Italia is continuing with the commitment shown by Deutsche Bank, which has been supporting this project since 2012, by covering the costs for the upkeep and management of the facility.
The condominium comprises a "care home" for elderly people with independence and self-sufficiency problems and 11 mini apartments offering "sheltered accommodation" for elderly people who are self-sufficient but who have, for various reasons, lost their homes. Every day doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, members of the Community and volunteers offer their time free of charge to tackle all the requirements of the elderly people in these homes.
All the areas of the condominium are organised to ensure individual independence, ease of use and privacy, while considering the specific requirements of the guests. There are also areas for shared activities, such as the extensive gardens.
The Community of Sant'Egidio was set up in Rome in 1968, following the Vatican Council II. Today it is a movement of lay people with over 60,000 members, committed to spreading the Gospel and doing charity work in Rome, in Italy and in 73 countries on different continents. It is a "Church public lay association". The various Communities, spread all over the world, share the same spirituality and the foundations that characterise the Sant'Egidio path.