…to providing the best nursing and medical care possible, around the clock. Focus is placed on providing care specialized to each resident’s needs, whether it’s medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental, or spiritual. With 155 accommodating home spaces, 16 rehabilitation spaces, and 6 more for admissions and temporary care, Eir provides flexibility with single, double, and triple occupancy options as well. This means residents can make themselves right at home. Additional lounges, dining areas, balconies, and extra rooms within each department, provide options for functions and events.
Based on personal capabilities, residents faced with the challenge of dementia can find the care they need in a safe, quiet, and inviting environment, which promotes collaboration with their loved ones. In fact, in 2009, Eir became the first nursing home in Iceland to use “The Liverpool Care Pathway” therapeutic process. Originally developed in the UK in 1997, it is widely used across Europe, as it focuses on specific care to help with both the quality and length of life.
HOUSE A House-A has a plethora of resident units, while also housing 12 rehabilitation units, and 6 units for receiving, admissions, or temporary care. Exuding a warm, home-like atmosphere, there is a focus on building a sense of togetherness through recreational activities such as reading, story-telling, singing, and music. Residents can enjoy lounges, or take in spectacular views of Grafarvogur.
HOUSE B House-B has a total of 20 spaces, and is divided into two sections, with 10 single units in each. Some are equipped as a suite, opening between rooms, to provide flexibility for couples. Both the North and South sections have dining and lounges, as well as a spacious balcony unit, frequently used by family members. House-B also provides terrific access to the outdoors, with beautiful views of Grafarvogur, the west, and beyond.
With frequent and specific training techniques, therapists are able to reduce limitations, such as pain, and elevate resident’s activity opportunities. Therapists also visit individual departments to conduct group work like walking exercises and crisis prevention. Therapists are also available to residents of the security apartments, or those under day care.
The physiotherapy department is operated in conjunction with the National University Hospital, where the elderly receive rehabilitation after surgery for fractures or joint problems, and are discharged home.
Rehabilitation A large proportion of occupational therapy at Eir lies in rehabilitation. The goal is to assist the client back to a state of health, which enables them to be as self-reliant as possible. In fact, Eir has an agreement with the National University Hospital to provide rehabilitation to the elderly who are recovering from surgery for fractures, or joint problems.
During treatment, clients are evaluated on their ability to perform daily activities (ADL Assessment), coached on the use of equipment aids, and assessed cognitively (MMSE & CDT Assessments), if necessary. Additionally, light exercises are taught to those suffering from joint pain, while activities such as boccia, singing, reading, and baking are used to regain mobility and help the client regain form.
Therapists also conduct home visits to determine the client’s skill in their own home environment more accurately. Advice is given on making improvements to reduce the risk of falling hazards, and the proper placement and use of aids designed to allow for self help capabilities right at home.
In-Home Therapists are available for home visits to provide individual training for the client, allowing them to focus on activities specific to their environment.
Outpatient Outpatient care is also available, allowing the therapist to assess the needs and desires of the client, and provide advice on how to increase the client’s participation at work.