Aktios’ units are consisted by special spaces full of colors, light and music.The dynamically changing decoration, along with paintings, lighting, crafts and photographs highlight the life of our residents in Aktios’ units and help them orientate in time and place. We intent Aktios has the atmosphere and energy of a kindergarten, a place full of life and health rather than a conventional elderly care unit.
In Aktios’ units employees of different areas of expertise, work towards the achievement of a holistic approach to the care of elderly residents.
The experienced licensed Nursing Directors and the specialised nursing personnel in all shifts achieve a high level nursing care on a 24 hour basis.
Our Units employ Pathologists, Geriatrists and Neurologists. Aktios also collaborates with doctors of other specialties.
The Unit is a training centre that provides education to carers of elderly people, in the context of the European Program ECVC in cooperation with CVT SBIE and the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The dynamic approach that we endorse contributes to the improvement of quality of life through a total of actions and activities of participation and occupation.
At Aktios we employ four Psychologists, two Social Workers and two Physiotherapists as full time employees and every year we train decades of volunteers-students of psychology, advisory, drama therapy and music therapy . The Director and CEO of Aktios, Dr Costis Prouskas is a chartered psychologist with a Masters degree (Msc) in Psychological Assessments in Organisations and a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Gerontology.
Aktios’ psychosocial sector organises occupational therapy groups, cognitive training and socialisation activities daily. It also coordinates the recreational activities and organises recreational activities, educational seminars and training programmes for the relatives an effort to make Aktios’ units places of wellbeing, recreation and personal growth rather than static institutions.
At Aktios there are daily occupation programmes for residents including:
- Cognitive training groups
- Creative occupation
- Art Therapy (painting, clay works, collage, etc.)
- Singing groups
- Reality Orientation, with newspaper reading and conversation
- Getting familiar and experiencing new technologies (internet, Wii, etc)
Groups of dance therapy, drama therapy, theatrical group and groups of exercises and games take place on a weekly basis.
Finally, every day, groups of 2 to 5 residents have the possibility of going out for coffee or dinner, visit a museum, theatre, going for a city walk, etc.
Rehabilitation is a fundamental chapter for Aktios. The units’ goal is not only to offer to residents the best accommodation but also contributes to their rehabilitation. Aktios has the equipment, expertise and human resources in coping with bone-fracture and stroke. Moreover due to our constant occupation with dementia patients our units are also very experienced in treating neurodegenerative diseases.
The equipment that our units dispose includes:
- Electrotherapy machine with TENS streams that strengthen the therapeutic and analgesic outcome.
- Ultrasound machine in cases of stiffness, rheumatoid diseases or after injuries and prolonged immobility.
- Bicycle for passive exercise (particularly useful in cases that poor communication did not allow further cooperation between the patient and the physiotherapist. The speed and strength are adjustable according to the patients’ needs and offers the advantage when there is muscle spasm to reverse movement until the spasm is resolved. Additionally, there is the option of isometric motion which means that the force applied by the bike is equal and opposite to the patient’s.)
- static bicycle for active training for a greater degree of difficulty, reinforcement of endurance, stamina and strength
- steps and treadmill in order to retrain and maintain the patient’s mobility and gait
- multi-purpose exercise instrument for active muscle training with dumbbells for empowerment
- Crosstrainers for training of muscles of the legs and increase the patient’s proprioception
In a place like Aktios that loves movement and uses new technologies Wii Fit of Nintendo could not be missing. Wii detects the movement of the player and combined with the appropriate software it works interactively. In a "digital" environment in a specially designed room, our residents are able to workout, skiing, play bowling, tennis, etc. and to practice in balance. Wii is the best way to combine fun with activity especially in groups of elderly people who get easily bored and distracted.
Our unit is staffed by physiotherapists that have knowledge in mobilization using various methods for musculoskeletal events and neurological ones. At the same time the cooperation with our neurologist is very important as she actively participates with the interdisciplinary team of Aktios in the design of the rehabilitation plan. Our team always welcomes the contributions of the patient’s doctors. Aktios also works with an ergotherapist and a logotherapist in the rehabilitation frame.
Besides the personal programs, therapeutical groups of exercise are taking place daily according to our residents’ needs.
Specialized in Dementia
Aktios is probably the most specialized long term hospitality unit for elderly people suffering with dementia in Greece.
The dynamic model that we apply ensures not just the quality of care but also the quality of life of our residents.
Facts and self-evident in Aktios
The right of our residents for:
- Trained nursing staff
- Qualitative nursing care
- reliable and frequent medical supervision
- good nutrition
- professional behaviour
- personal hygiene
- clean environment
- Free visit 24 hours a day
Dynamic model of care in Aktios
Our residents’ satisfaction about:
- cognitive training
- orientation in space and time
- facilitation of their adjustment
- retraining, expression
- control of the environment
- provide relief and discharge
- fitness and exercise as well as
- the need to have continuous feedback and new stimuli
We reinforce and motivate our residents in a dynamic way.We do this by taking advantage of space and time, using colours and music, specialized staff and numerous pleasant activities as well as other various interventions.
We transform our facilities into a “playground” where the weaknesses of the patients caused by their illness don’t render someone less worthy of the right in active ageing and quality of life. A place where forgetting or not being able to remember, not being able to manage things on your own, or being in need for nursing care is not perceived as something “bad”.
In Aktios we combine the dynamic model with a stable program of activities in order to provide a secure place for the elderly with dementia where the highest level of care is achieved and the respect in the resident’s dignity is ensured.
We give great importance in personal hygiene and cleanliness of our residents, their room and the common areas. That is why Aktios’ units are free of unpleasant odors.
Our Nurses take care of our resident hygiene, whereas the role of the specialised cleaning personnel is also important. Aktios’ cleaning service also takes care over our residents’ laundry.
In specially shaped places we provide to our residents upon request, hairdressing, nail care, foot therapy and massage.
All the above are part of our effort in order for Aktios to cover out residents’ and their relatives’ needs for more qualitative and beautiful living.
In Aktios we cook homemade and tasty food in our kitchen! Our menu is formed according to seasons, our residents’ preferences, the greek family’s customs, the Mediterranean nutrition and international cuisine. Due to the fact that we come from different regions of Greece, our menu includes local specialties such us strapatsada and sofrito from Corfu, pork with celery from Macedonia, noodles from Peloponnesus, pies from Epirus, dakos from Crete, legumes, homemade pizzas, club sandwich, pasta and cheese soufflé etc. All the meals are accompanied by salads, vegetables, cheese and local deserts. It is also served dairy products, fruit creams and preserves, cereals, beverages, refreshments and juices, cakes and biscuits during the day.
It is always taken under consideration special care about diets and specific nutritional habits and needs. The nutrition program provides alternative menu every lunch or dinner, changes every week and is strictly checked by the Doctors and the Director of the Units concerning its quality and calorie value.
We invite you to visit our Units in one of our numerous events and taste yourselves the dishes that we and our residents eat!
Aktios, in the frame of the holistic approach that following the residents’ care and by the continuing to give emphasis to psychosocial model of intervention and to the alternatives treatment, provides the possibility in any resident that wish to take advantage of Reflexology that is practised by reputable Reflexologist.
Reflexology is a science that falls into the treatments of the so called “Alternative Medicine”. It is a supplementary method in health care which is totally harmless, painless and without side effects and leans on the auto therapeutic powers of the body so as to be succeeded the wishful activation and relaxation of the organism. That kind of intervention can be accompanied by specialised methods that aim at musculoskeletal and limbs’ problems, or by Swedish massage for muscular relaxation according to the resident’s and his/her relatives’ desire and after consultation with the specialised scientist.
We can also practised other alternative treatments such as aroma therapy and yoga.
We try for Aktios’ units to be safe places. The entrance and the exit from the units are checked and there is also a visitor’s book. The access in dangerous spaces such as common staircase is limited, whereas there are special wheelchair ramps and handicap bars through the units.
Moreover our garden’s floor is from recycling material so as to avoid falls and injuries.
Our Units have established generators that cover the lighting of the common spaces and the escape route, the call centre and the protector system, the heating and hot water as well as the our conditioning for particular spaces.
Finally, Aktios’ Units provide fire safety and a fire detection system while fire extinguishers are available in obvious spots throughout the Units.
Aktios disposes specially formed gaming spaces. Through that we succeed our residents’ participation to play the games of the younger member of their family and we encourage a frequent contact with children. Our little friends and their parents could also communicate with their grandfathers and grandmothers through Skype call.
Aktios cooperates with children’s choirs and dancing groups and has participated as “internship model” in European programs that encourage the intergenerational solidarity.
The goal, for all of us who work in Aktios, is to stay updated on developments in our field and at the same time, inform the closer and broader social network. Since the beginning of its operation Aktios has been participating in activities related to the elderly, people with Alzheimer and related disorders. We support the actions organized by the Athens’ Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and we participate actively in their events. All of us that work at Aktios we aim to be informed about the new evolutions in our field as well as educate our closer and wider social environment. Aktios from his first day of operation participates dynamically in activities that concern elder people and people suffering from Alzheimer and related disorders. We actively participate in programs and actions of the non government 50plus Hellas and Athens’ Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. From 2007 on, we participate in the training of volunteers in social care that work in units and educational programs of the Greek Red Cross.
In Aktios we organize seminars for the caregivers of the elderly and demented individuals and also for health professionals. These programs aim to educate the relatives of elderly people with dementia in order to sufficiently handle the emotional burden that arises from providing care, and relieve from sorrow and anxiety. Our belief in Aktios is not only to transmit our knowledge and share our experiences on the field, but to also contribute to the exchange of information and experiences with the relatives of the elderly and our colleagues.
Aktios is educational centre for health professionals from numerous academic institutions and organisations in Greece and abroad. Such as:
- Roehampton University, United Kingdom
- School of High Studies in Public Health, Ren, France (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique, Rennes, France)
- New York College
- Deree College
- Mediterranean College
- Athens Metropolitan
- IEKEP – OAED
- Participation in the funded program of Leonardo Da Vinci of the European Unit, Intergenerational Portfolio Management
- 50 plus Hellas
- Athens’ and Agia Paraskeyi’s Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
- Non Profitable Organization e-isotis
- ECV Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry CVT SBIE
- Visits from the Ministry of Interior of People’s Republic of China
- Visits from the School of Elderly Care in France
- Age Platform Europe
- Greek Red Cross, Department of Volunteers
- KEELPNO- Research Centre Evangelismos Hospital
- Greek Association of Dance Therapists- Niarchos Foundation
- National School of Public Health- Intergenerational learning (EMIL)
- Visits from Ministry of Internal Affairs of China
- Visits from the European non governmental organisation Age Platform Europe
- Visits from the Elderly Carers in France
- Visits from non profitable companies and institutions for expertise’s transmission
In Aktios we use technology in order to bridge the generation “gap”. After arranging an appointment, you can communicate with your beloved relatives who live in our unit via email, fax or even set a video call through Skype.
Cooperation with MDN Europe
Since April 2010 Aktios has became member of the European Group MDN Europe. The MDN Europe Group is consisted by an European network of luxurious elderly care units that provide services of high quality.
The target of MDN Europe is to operate 2500 nursing beds over the next year in the big city centre of countries such as Greece, Spain, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Czech Republic.
Aktios’ and MDN’s Europe cooperation marks the new reality concerning the care of elder people with dementia in Greece. We update constantly our services and implement quality criteria under the supervision of an international committee specialised in dementia. Our commitment is to be keep improving and provide reliable and innovative services for the elderly and the people with dementia always from a humanitarian perspective.
MDN Europe Limited New Cavendish Street, London WIW 6XD, United Kingdom. www.md-nursing.com
Cooperation with Materia
Beginning its operation in 2007 Aktios has also begun its close cooperation with MATERIA GROUP. MATERIA GROUP creates and develops constantly pioneer activities for elderly in Cyprus. At MATERIA care and rehabilitation units is offered qualitative care, socialisation, pleasure and numerous treatments as well as completed rehabilitation programs with trained physiotherapists, ergo therapist, music therapist, psycho gerontologist, psychologist and logo therapist. At MATERIA are also offered day and short time accommodation, training services of carers (Cyprian and foreigner) and nursing services for patients outside the units.
Aktios’ and MATERIA’s GROUP cooperation depends on fields of scientific information and innovative application, personnel’s training and on development of new services. The MATERIA director Mrs Marina Polikarpou is Psychologist- Gerontologist and member of the scientific committee of Aktios.
MATERIA, Athalassis 21, 2221 Latsia, Nicosia, Cyprus. www.materia.com.cy
Director of Aktios Scientific Board is Dr. Paraskevi Sakka, Neurologist- Psychiatrist. Members in Advisory Board are among others: Dr. Michael Davidson, Chairman of the ‘’Alzheimer Disease Centre’’ and professor of Psychiatry Tel Aviv University, Dr. Shlomo ,the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the internationally well-known ‘’ Rehabilitation Centre Sheba’’, Dr. Kimon Volikas, Professor of Geriatric of the Saint George’s University of London Medical School in the University of Lefkosia, Marina Polykarpou, Psychologist- Gerontologist Director of Materia Group and Dr. Costis Prouskas, Psychologist- Gerontologist and Chief Executive Officer( CEO) of Aktios.
Aktios at Home
Aktios implements program of home care for people and families who need further support and training on daily care, a care at home programme, is available at Aktios. Employees of Aktios, can visit the elderly at home by appointment. Services like care giver’s training, personal hygiene of the elderly (bathing, daily care etc), nutrition, shopping, activities and companionship are also provided.
Moreover specially trained partners offer sessions in or out the units, individually or in group for mental empowerment and improvement of cognitive operations using pleasant activities, games and techniques of memory improvement. The importance of non pharmaceutical interventions in facing dementia is huge and recognised from the international references and isn’t limited only in the mental empowerment but also in the successful confrontation of the behaviour disorders that come from dementia.
All of us here at Aktios know that what’s important is not just to live but to live with quality. And this is what we call quality of life, an aspect that is very often missing from the lives of elderly people nowadays. With our Recreational activities groups, Occupational Therapy groups, Cognitive Training groups and Psychotherapeutic groups, the quality of our services, the refurbishment of the Unit’s inner spaces and with our special care and attitude we try to defend the right to that quality of living.
In order to achieve the desired –the best- result, we organise training seminars for our Unit personnel, we get updated regarding scientific progresses and applications, we enhance communication among our staff and we are always in contact with the world around us.
Partners in that of course, are you and your beloved relatives. We always depend on your help and support so we can become better. Your ideas and recommendations are always welcome.
Communication: You may contact us at Aktios’ Elderly Care Units for any issue that may concern yourself, a family person or a friend .You may also visit our facilities daily and weekends from 09:00 to 21:00 for direct information.
Aktios and Aktios Alzheimer Unit: 17 Ipirou St., Agia Paraskevi, Tel. +30 2106515268 and +30 2169001034
Aktios ART Palace: 55 Pentelis St., Marousi, Tel. +30 2108022912 and +30 2108026615
Aktios Odigos: 157, Vari Avenue, Vari Attica. Tel.: +302108973614, +302108971413