Bingo and summer visitors in Gribskov / Denmark
- 22 Sep 2017
Right beside the church in Blistrup, northern Zealand, is Attendo Udsigten, a nursing home that we have operated since 2001. We have 28 apartments for people with dementia, and a pleasant day centre.
Pia Poulsen heads the operations and talks about Attendo Udsigten's popularity. Just the other week an older lady moved in after having visited all the homes in the municipality and deciding to live here.
Mette Senniksen has been at Attendo for 16 years and talks about the food club that we have at the day centre. The older people cook food there once a week.
The café exhibits local artists
The café, right in the heart of the home, offers a range of activities like bingo and singing. The priest from the church next door visits to provide individual worship for the older people. The worship normally includes a bible reading, psalms and something to help the older people remember, like a flower or a book.
In our sensory garden
Once a month we hold a food evening that is also attended by older people who do not live at Attendo Udsigten. Outside we have our sensory garden that provides sensory stimulation and a pleasant place for the residents to spend time together.
The Danish flag flies outside the gym
Visitors to the day centre can use the gym in the cellar. On the way down we meet an older lady who is keen to talk Italian; she lived in Italy when she was younger.
I travel on to our home care services. Gribskov is in a rural area so our home care vehicles have quite a drive when our customers need help.
Attendo has provided home care services in Gribskov for over 10 years. We have grown and we now operate home care services throughout the municipality. In all we have over 1,200 customers who we help with everything from cleaning and food deliveries to service and healthcare.
Annette Poulsen is a nurse and coordinator of our home care services in Graestad. She tells us that the care needs of older people have increased. The hospitals in Zealand discharge older people more quickly, which means that the municipalities have to take care of older people with greater medical needs than before.
Louise Ivanhoe Nielsen is head of the home care operations at Attendo Gilleleje. Louise describes how the work has improved since we divided up the home care group into more distinct teams. It has become clearer who is in charge of what, and easier to hold a dialogue between the different groups of professionals.
Mobile phones are an important professional tool in home care and Christine, Gilleleje’s very own “teletubby”, coordinates the lines.
Gilleleje is a popular holiday destination. It hosts large numbers of summer visitors, including older people. These people need home care services, and Attendo has always been a popular choice. At the Lysglimt holiday resort all of the older summer visitors choose Attendo. They come from cities like Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and Holte but we also had a customer from Norway for many years. She always called in advance to make sure we could help her again each summer.
Popular with summer visitors