HISTORY OF FOUNDATION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE “ADULT SHELTER OF NATIONAL COMMITEE OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB”
Jelena Seferović presented at the 2nd International Transdisciplinary Symposium on Bioethics and Aporia of Psyche organized by the “Scientific Center of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics” on Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb from 22th to 24th November a paper in which she discoussed the history of adult shelter of National commitee of the city of Zagreb. She talked about the period from its foundation in 1951. until 1978. when its second depadanse was opened in Mirkovec. The shelter was located in the Šestinski dol, suburb of Zagreb, in barracks which served as shelter for children during the WWII. This institution had the capacity to accommodate 80 persons, and was intended for the care of beggars, prostitutes, homeless people and alcoholics from the city of Zagreb who were taken by police or were sent by order of social services. At the same time, it provided accommodation for the residents of the homes for elderly people who had been subjected to a disciplinary punishment because of the inadequate behavior, more specifically those with mental disorders. The tradition of institutionalization of the latter social groups will continue in the two depadanse of this shelter in baroque buildings located in the villages in Northwester Croatian. Speaking of its history, our colleague tried to elaborate on the issue of social segregation of people with socially undesirable behavior, focusing on people with mental disorders, in urban dislocated buildings. Her aim was also to show the beginnings of long-term care of the people with mental disoreders in homes for mentally ill adults, today’s homes for adults.