Care is about loving your neighbor
It’s about being aware. It’s about being open-minded, about fully perceiving a situation, and using one’s intuition to address another person’s needs. It’s about listening to one’s inner voice and sensing what a patient really needs here and now.
Through caring we increase a patient’s zest for life and improve their sense of self-worth.
It’s about speaking the language of the heart.
We use our hands and our common sense. Touch. Surroundings. The light in the room. Flowers in the window. Food on the table. Our natural environment.
We use sensory impressions to calm the mind and help a patient reach their inner core, so the person inside can be present again.
Our aim is to create a daily rhythm
A stable daily routine reduces the feeling of chaos. For both the patient and their family members. It can restore that sense of peace and calm, which disappeared long ago.
Therefore, our main focus is on reestablishing a patient’s daily rhythm. We alternate between carefully designed activities and periods of rest.
Once a patient’s sleep patterns become more stable, many of the symptoms that were previously medicated (in vain), tend to disappear.
Anxiety, unease, and anger decreases.
A sense of security, self-worth, and familiarity emerges.
When the patient goes home in the evening their family members might be able to sit down and enjoy a quiet time together, like they used to. They can once again feel close to their loved one.
All of this by reestablishing a constant daily rhythm.
A day in the life at Sister Sanatorium
We eat freshly homemade bread at every meal, starting with breakfast, to create a cosy atmosphere from the start.
Everyone participates in our light aerobics before lunch. We take walks together, do writing exercises, and memory training.
We also offer wellbeing treatments, such as massage, manicures, pedicures, and hairdressing. On the whole, we strive to ensure that the patient feels cared for in every way. When they are clean and tidy, they feel fresh and good about their appearance. Our warm water pool is another way we help our patients relax, and where we also strengthen their muscles and increase their heart rate with the warm water.
We spend most of the day together in the central space, where there’s a nice atmosphere with fresh flowers on the tables and the scent of a fresh pot of coffee.
Food is another important part of caring. Both lunch and a warm dinner is delivered by a local restaurant. It’s healthy, freshly made, and has a more calories than standard meals, as people with dementia often need a little extra help maintaining their weight. We sometimes serve a glass of red wine with dinner or a refreshing five o’clock drink, if they wish.