Sister Sanatorium is situtated in the beautiful historic surroundings of the cosy Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen. It was here, back in 1863, that the original classic Danish style of nursing was established by the Diocese of Copenhagen. The very same virtues of caring that have inspired our own methods and treatment today.
Sister Sanatorium’s central space offers lots of light, where patients can rest, participate in exercises and activities, be a part of a community, and receive the care they need.
The central space leads out to an open-air terrace. We also have a massage treatment room and a spa area with a warm water pool.
Last but not least is the nearby Frederiksberg park, with its beautiful, babbling brook, and a variety of vegetation, trees, and flowers year round.
Sister Sanatorium is for anyone trying to live with dementia
At Sister Sanatorium we accept people with all types and at all stages of dementia. We realize that some people prefer to stay living at home, but still need a place to exercise and to keep active throughout the day. People need a place to treat their condition and keep it at bay, so they can continue to reside with their family for as long as possible.
Sister Sanatorium is an option for those who find life difficult as they wait for a spot at a nursing home or don’t quite feel ready to make the move.
In some cases people may already be at a nursing home, but need more personal care and goal-oriented activities, beyond what their nursing home can provide.
A return to classic nursing care
People with dementia need a slower pace of life. They need to be heard, seen, and touched.
We are prepared to take things slow. We take our time with patients. We replace medicine with care. Chaos with attentiveness.
The classic virtues of caring have a beneficial affect on people with dementia. At our sister nursing home, Dagmarsminde, we use light, air, interior environments, and sensory experiences to stimulate our patients.
In this kind of environment our patients no longer have to worry about their illness. They trust that others will take care of them. Their zest for life reemerges. Their self-worth improves.
Our care treatment is inspired by the original notion of a sanatorium. In connection to this we’ve moved away from using medicines, towards a more natural approach.
Relief is as important for the relatives, as it is for the patient
It can be chaotic for relatives trying to care for a family member with dementia. Therefore, it’s important to help the relatives, so they can continue with their own lives as well.
Sister Sanatorium offers relief for the relatives as their loved ones become increasingly dependent on them, so that they can still maintain their jobs, their lives, interests, or perhaps even care for their own small children. Relatives, who have long carried the responsibility on their own, in order to avoid disruptions or accidents at home.
At Sister Sanatorium, relatives can rest assured that the care their family member with dementia will receive, will gradually make life a little easier for the rest of the family. When the lives of the relatives improve, so does the patient’s.
We are very happy to help the relatives coordinate between the patient’s doctor or other services, in regards to their treatment. We keep a daily journal, so we can closely follow and collectively keep track of the patient’s progress. From our experience with Dagmarsminde, we know what a relief it is for families to be released from some of the practical duties, so they can soley focus on bonding with their loved one.
Sister Sanatorium has a big sister
Sister Sanatorium was founded by May Bjerre Eiby, who since 2016 has run the nursing home Dagmarsminde, north of Copenhagen. May’s method of care has proven successful in the treatment of people with severe dementia.
The residents at Dagmarsminde have shown significant improvements since they moved in.
Dagmarsminde has the longest waiting list in Denmark and May has been wanting to expand the nursing home for a long time, so that more people with dementia can get the help they need.
Since the Danish government still isn’t prepared to offer the quality of care necessary, May decided to open a private sanatorium that can temporarily relieve families dealing with the illness on their own. A place that can help reestablish a daily rhythm for the patient with dementia, restore peace of mind for the relatives, and possibily help keep the illness at bay, delaying a permanent move to a nursing home.