A care home in Ischia November 20th, 2011

The 2011 CA-ME  workshop took place in Ischia, the largest of the Neapolitan islands in Italy.  The group visited the R.S.A. villa Mercede Serrara Fontana care home. It is a public home with rich resources namely: 1 medical director, 1 geriatrician, 1 sister, 7 nurses, 6 social animators, 1 psychologist, 1 social worker, 4 physiotherapists, 11 health and social operators and 8 auxiliary workers. It is a 32 bed home with double rooms and en suite facilities. Each room has a balcony overlooking the sea. The physiotherapy room is impressive and is well equipped. The home has 16 day care service users who make use of all facilities.  Social stimulation is an important aspect of care at Serrara Fontana, two highly trained members of the team act as coordinators for all social activities. The director did not show a hairdressing salon which is an important aspect of care particularly for women.  Dr Di Spigno explained theaspects of legislation regarding care homes in Italy. The main goal of the service is to move elderly people back to their home. This is different to the goal of most care homes in the UK.

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