OUR DAY CARE CENTER

Recognizing the fact that day care centers for Alzheimer patients did not exist in Turkey and these patients and their relatives were trapped with the difficulties of the disease and had no means of socializing and improving their life standard, Turkish Alzheimer Association has put remarkable effort into instating at least one Day Care Center, to act as a model.

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Recently, our Day Care Center receives Alzheimer patients free of any charge, 5 days a week from 09:00 to 17:00 and it is the only Day Care Center in Turkey that is focused on Alzheimer patients. The branch offices concentrate on discussing with local administrations in their regions and inviting them to provide similar centers and/or services.

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Our Day Care Center has a two-storey-building with a backyard; where the ground floor is dedicated to the patients: reception hall, activity rooms, toilettes, kitchen; second floor has a seminar room, resting rooms –in case a patient feels tired-, administration and staff rooms. The building has an elevator and CCTV surveillance system.

Patients are taken from their homes and returned back by a van, with a Day Care Center staff accompanying; they are offered lunch and afternoon tea and snack. They spend their time inside or out in the garden, depending on the weather conditions and participate in activities that aim to improve their mental and psychological states, enhance their daily life skills and slow down the progress of the disease.

OUR GOALS,

The main goal of our Day Care Center for Alzheimer patients is, to animate those who are suffering from this insidious disease, to raise their vivacity, to ensure a better quality of life and to delay the progress of their disease with mental therapy exercises. Along with our dedicated efforts to improve the patients’ conditions, we concentrate on patients’ relatives and the people, who take care of those patients as well, aiming to give them a chance to take a break and lessen the burden they are carrying.

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OUR TARGET,

Our target is to provide professional, innovative and high quality services and care at global standards to our guests and their relatives, with patience, altruism, care, respect and confidence, reaching out for high satisfaction level and compliance with human rights and ethics.

Communicating with Alzheimer patients requires special insight and training. Alzheimer patients experience severe problems like depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, irritation, hallucinations, ridiculous thoughts, confusion, inability to recognize people, losing directions, etc. On the other hand, patients’ carers live through constant fatigue, physiological problems, pessimism and burnout.

With this social consciousness, Turkish Alzheimer Association Day Care Center has assumed the duties below:

  • To inform and advise the patients’ relatives about patient care;
  • To get the patients’ relatives meet experts;
  • To give patients’ relatives a break in their arduous task;
  • To build a support group with patients’ relatives;
  • To provide an entertaining and self-improving environment for patients;
  • To decelerate the progress of the disease with proper therapies;
  • To improve the quality of life for both the patient and his carer;
  • To fraternize with Alzheimer patients and their relatives to give them the supportive contact they need.

ACTIVITIES:

The main aim of all the activities performed in the Day Care Center is to help the patients improve their mental skills, psychological states their daily routines and slow down the progress of their illness.

Our activities are planned and organized in the following categories:

  • Mental activities;
  • Psycho-motor activities;
  • Physical exercises;
  • Art activities;
  • Music activities;
  • Spiritual activities;
  • Special day celebrations;
  • Excursions

Examples for these activities may be reading newspapers, poems, stories; making monthly calendars, cooking, tying shoelaces, studying traffic signs; making ornaments, painting, making ceramic objects; playing Mikado, backgammon; solving puzzles, dancing and singing.

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We take our guests and their carers to a historical villa surrounded by a forest every two weeks and give them the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, physical exercises, live music and singing and dancing with the songs they enjoy. These “tea parties” are very popular and we collect our guests from their homes with the company of our staff and take them back home when this picnic-like event ends.

DAY HOUR ACTIVITIES NOTES

A SAMPLE DAY

09:00 Arrival
09:00-10:00 Chat (time orientation) communication
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Physical exercise (seated muscle strengthening: head, arm, leg, waist)
11:30-12:30 Reading news
12:30-13:30 Lunch Hand and mouth hygiene
13:30-14:00 Resting + Listening to Music (TV) Recognizing celebrities
14:00-15:00 Painting trees
15:00-15:30 Tea time Snacks
15:30-16:30 Chat on a subject (example: Wedding traditions)
16:30-17:00 Evaluations Verbal
A SAMPLE DAY 09:00 Arrival
09:00-10:00 Chat (time orientation) communication
10:00-10:30 Coffee break, Reading news
10:30-11:00 Balance exercise
11:00-12:00 Music and rhythm  exercises
12:00-13:30 Lunch Hand and mouth hygiene
13:30-14:00 Resting + Listening to Music (TV) Recognizing celebrities
14:00-15:00 Reminiscing concepts
15:00-15:30 Tea time Snacks
15:30-16:30 Handcraft (example: sewing buttons)
16:30-17:00 Evaluations Verbal