After four years of work when we have gone through the stages of design, study, planning and building, the Queen Sofia Foundation has completed its Alzheimer Centre, by delivering to the Public Administrations the finished buildings with all the necessary equipment and in full working order.
At present the Foundation is starting other Projects with several Associations, Town Councils and Autonomous Governments which will reproduce the main features of the Alzheimer Project.
We are basically working within four reference areas:
Highly prestigious experts in architectural design for residences and day centres, medical and psychology professionals, Associations of Relatives of Alzheimer Patients (AFAL, “Contigo” and CEAFA), the State Centre for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aids, the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs and the ONCE Foundation have all worked with us in the study and application of accessibility regulations.
This outstanding part of the Project has been directed by the Carlos II Health Institute through a large group of doctors and researchers, who contributed their valuable knowledge to design the Unit’s structure and features. Its management has been entrusted to CIEN Foundation (Centre for the Reseach of Neurological Diseases)..
We have had the help of experts from the Ministry of Health, IMSERSO, the Madrid Autonomous Government and the Associations of Relatives of Alzheimer Patients quoted above. The Centre will soon start training sanitary staff, patients’ relatives and volunteers who in due course, by providing home aid, will be able to close the whole chain of these patients’ care, made up by live-in residences, day centres and home care.
It was in charge of gathering ideas and suggestions on equipment and furnishings, on the basis of using the latest, most practical and useful means and resources, such as geriatric baths, rehabilitation aids, domotic centres, etc.
In this area we had the help and advice of the Centre of Technical Aids for the Disabled of the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs (CEAPAT), the Madrid Autonomous Government, AFAL, ONCE and other private and public institutions.