People, who suffer from some form of dementia, live by their own rules. It is currently estimated that the number of diagnosed patients in Greece is about 200,000. They do not understand our own social norms, customs and prohibitions. "Why not to bathe wearing my clothes? It doesn't hurt anyone! It is even better, because during the bath, my clothes are washed as well"," I want to go home (even though he/she is at home)”, " I want my mommy".
We frequently face such cases. This is what fascinates us daily in our communication with PEOPLE with dementia. Our perception of reality has no effect on them. Our goal is not to make them adapt to our world, but quite the opposite. We do not correct anyone, we do not teach, there is no right and wrong, things are just different.
The care of people with dementia requires knowledge of disease symptoms and the patient history. At "Nea Thalpi "according to the Kitwood principles on person-centered care, we take care of PEOPLE with dementia rather than treat people with DEMENTIA. We distinguish between what is part of human nature and what is attributed to the disease. We respect people's past experiences and, using various techniques, we build bridges with the past.
The care of our guests with dementia requires patience, tolerance, humour, imagination and adaptability. Every day we are faced with dilemmas that test our morality. How would you handle someone who refuses to eat or to take a bath because "water hurts and this body is not his/hers anyway, it is borrowed».
Colours, smells, tastes! We provide people with dementia with stimulation regardless of the stage of their disease. In this way we try to slow down the progress of the disease. Even when verbal communication is absent we will be able to find a communication channel. All it takes is time, sensitivity and familiarity with a person's needs.
Every day we focus on creating many pleasurable moments intensely charged with positive emotions of joy.
The "here and now" becomes a transcendent value.
Every second lasts for an eternity, when a person only lives in the present.
What happened and what follows is irrelevant.
At "Nea Thalpi" each moment of treatment, care and creative occupation is irreplaceable.