Regional centre for deinstitutionalization

European documents bind all EU countries, to the responsibility of developing jobs for the care and help of a community, with which people can stay at home and not be moved into assisted living facilities or retirement homes. It’s known too little that, Slovenia is on the second place by rate of institutionalization in Europe. Despite this, the capacity of assisted living facilities and retirement homes has not decreased, but has increased, with the construction of new ones. The situation in 2020 in connection with the Coronavirus epidemic confirmed to us, that the least protected, most vulnerable and people most prone to bad outcomes are the ones that are institutionalized.

Regional Center Office

In the Cmurek Castle in Trate we are opening an office, that is open for everyone, in need of help, or has relatives in need of it. We will appreciate if you call us beforehand and let us know the time of your visit.

Every week day from 10:00 to 16:00.

We ask you to call us before every visit, since we might be working in the field.

Available on the phone number: 070 655 063 (Simona Ratajc), every week day from 9:00 to 17:00.
Available on email: simona.ratajc@muzejnorosti.eu


See our news section for the latest updates on the project (only in Slovene).

About the project


To overcome the circumstances in Slovenia, we’re developing a Regional centre for deinstitutionalization in the Cmurek Castle in Trate. In the first years we will deal mainly with people from the municipalities of Šentilj, Apače, and Sveta Ana.


Our goal is to in one year research and recognize, what are the needs for help and assistance that the locals in the area need at home. We want to find out what forms of help and assistance the locals of the area need in order to live a quality life at home, even when they find themselves in a situation where they’re reliant on the help of other people. We will make these findings through special personalized plans of help and assistance, carried out by an experienced social worker.

What are we trying to establish?

On the basis of our findings, we want to establish the type of help and assistance that will allow you to stay at home, in your home, while at the same time receiving the help and support that you need.

Who do we want to help?

Who will we be working with?

In the first year, the project will be revolving around the area of municipalities Šentilj, Sveta Ana and Apače.


We will collaborate with locals, as well as of course with the administration of the municipalities, mayors, everyone that is responsible for development in these municipalities. We will collaborate with different organizations in the region, public as well as private associations, in order to build a web of people that can work with us.

Project team

Simona Ratajc, social worker, project coordinator


Dr. Sonja Bezjak, director of Museum of Madness


Darja Farasin, associate of Museum of madness


Prof. Dr. Vito Flaker, advisor


Civic Europe, performed by MitOst and Sofia Platforms, funded by Stiftung Mercator


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