Everywhere in the world is difficult to change totally the environment and the way of life, especially at a certain age. And it is very hard to pass from a solitary way of life to a life in common. For our 110 residents there are 17 rooms. The distribution in rooms is made in principal according to the patients’ situation, the able-bodied and the ones with partial or total invalidityliving in separate rooms. When it is possible, we respect also the affinities and the preferences. In order to make adaptation easier, those who are coming to us can bring small things in order to personalize their place. It looks incredible, but the patients’ adaptation to the new conditions of life can be harder then the adaptation to the invalidity situation. Our attitude is to keep in contact with the family, closely cooperating every time when it is possible, in the benefit of our residents.
In order to satisfy the need of communication and to remain integrated in the social life, the residents can receive visits or can leave, even for several days. Nevertheless, the treatment program, the meals and the rest program must be respected, the life in institution being settled by the Interior Order Rules, which counts also the rights and the obligations of the beneficiaries.
Our experience shows that there were very few cases – about 1% – when a patient couldn’t adapt and left the center. In time, for the greatest part of the beneficiaries, the center becomes “at home”, even in relationship with the family.
With all the reparations and the improvements of the old building, accomplished in the last years, the rooms remain large, with 3-14 beds and don’t offer intimacy to the residents, but this is also (amazing) a good aspect concerning socialization. In the same time, the toilettes and the main bathroom, even modern and functional, are situated on the halls and they are for common use.
With these exceptions, the life for our patients is without worries.