In the small town of Borohrádek in the Czech Republic, there is a showcase project for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s.
The building itself is specially designed to meet the needs of people with dementia.
It consists of three wings, each housing an independent living community. Each wing is home to eight residents, similar to living in their own house. Each community has its own spacious common room where meals can be shared. This extremely familiar living environment allows residents with Alzheimer’s to find their way around in the best possible way.
On the ground floor, the three wings meet at a spacious entrance hall that can be used for events with all residents. Activities such as dog therapy, ceramics and painting workshops, as well as regular supervision sessions with caregivers and residents, take place here. Additionally, there is a massage room with light therapy for depression in the entrance area, which can be used by both residents and caregivers. Objects and pictures from the past are deliberately used to activate the residents’ memories and stimulate conversations.
Privacy and independence are greatly valued.
This is why the managing director, Karel Vacek, put a lot of thought into developing a concept that optimally supports life and work in a care facility for Alzheimer’s patients. Part of the concept is the SensFloor assistance system. Hidden under the flooring in all bedrooms, the sensor system watches over its residents. If someone falls in their room, the system immediately detects it and automatically calls a caregiver for help, without the residents having to press any buttons they might not remember. The assistance system is invisibly installed in the floor, not disturbing the living environment or confusing the residents.
The caregivers especially appreciate the assistance system during the night when only one staff member is responsible for all three residential groups. In the foyer, there is a huge screen displaying the SensFloor station terminal with a brief overview of all rooms. Based on the color of each room field, they can immediately see whether a resident is in bed or has gotten up. The night shift can then check these rooms specifically and accompany the residents to the toilet or keep them company to help them fall asleep, depending on the situation. If one of the seniors gets lost and accidentally enters the wrong bedroom, it is also displayed on the station terminal. This is a reassuring feeling for the staff during the day and night. The work here is enjoyable, and none of the staff members want to be without SensFloor in their job anymore. Mr. Vacek, the managing director, also notices this: “Of course, we have a long waiting list for our rooms. But we were also able to quickly fill all of our open positions. I care very much about satisfied employees. They are crucial for smooth operation, a pleasant atmosphere, and happy residents. We are currently planning the construction of another nursing home and will also install SensFloor there.”