Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that predominantly affects the elderly, but not only, and is characterised by loss of memory, loss of planning ability, difficulty in relating to others to the point of incomprehension. It ends with a condition of rupture with the environment (Professor Marco Trabucchi, scientific director of the Brescia Geriatric Research Group)
The patient and his family
Ensuring a good quality of life for a family member suffering from this disease means putting the resources of the whole family on the line. Protecting, caring and healing must become choral acts shared by the entire family. It requires uncommon organisational skills and emotional balance; it requires readiness to accept the course of the illness and strength of spirit. If the illness affects the entire family, the entire family must be able to have the means to cope with it together, each according to his or her particular abilities.

Alzheimer’s: what to do?
Restoring a common and effective communication pattern and good adaptability and tolerance are two important keys to approaching the patient. We must find the courage to abandon old patterns and have the strength to build a new relationship over time based on the acceptance and enhancement of residual resources.

The care available in Corte Briantea
The therapeutic approach proposed in the two protected units (20 beds each) dedicated to Guests suffering from Alzheimer’s disease starts from the essential requirement of building a relationship of trust between the therapeutic team, the Guest and family members. The team’s first step towards defining the care programme must involve knowledge of the Guest’s past and present. Subsequent caregiving interventions are developed based on these core elements and are designed with the ultimate aim of guaranteeing the necessary safety and serenity for the Guest and his or her family.
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