During two days, the patients of the Unit of Reintegration and Special Cares of the Hospital Casaverde Alicante, accompanied by their therapists and auxiliaries, visited the Nature-Therapy centre MASPHAEL. The objective was to carry out activities with very hairy and affectionate animals: THE DONKEYS.
Thanks to Tania Corbí, occupational therapist of the MASPHAEL farm, and to the rest of the team, we were able to know some curiosities, such as the donkeys are smarter than we thought, that there are many kinds of donkeys and that the donkey’s gestation is between 12 and 14 months. That’s why the famous phrase “A long time, nor the labour of a donkey” exists. We also brush and prepare them a tasty meal.
It was a beautiful day that serves us, not only to enjoy with the animals in the middle of the nature, but also to encourage the coexistence in a different environment than the hospital. In words of our auxiliary colleague, José Mª: “This trip has helped me to strengthen the bonds of affection with our patients. It’s been a lot of fun”.
Thanks to Pancho, Sancho, Ela…
It is close to use for the first time our new adapted kitchen in Casaverde Alicante’s Hospital. Within the Programme for the promotion of the personal autonomy and social reintegration of people with acquired brain injury, endorsed by the Ministry of Health and the Office of Social Welfare, the intervention on the instrumental activities of daily life is of key importance. These activities have a greater complexity than the basic ones of daily life and allow for the preparation of meals, cleaning of the home, the use of transport, money management, care of other people, and so on.
Specifically, in the adapted kitchen, the occupational therapists work with the patient the capacity for being able to prepare meals independently. For that, alternative strategies, the use of support products, and so on, are trained. The intervention is designed in an individualised way, adjusting it to the characteristics of each patient and the roles that he/she previously played, in order to achieve the best results and maximize personal autonomy.
Because of the unfortunate events that took place last Friday, in which two people died, due to a gastroenteritis, the management of the centre and its employees, want to send, with the most sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims, total tranquillity to the public opinion, because the outbreak is in remission and the people affected are improving with a good recovery. In this sense, the centre has received the support of the residents’ relatives with whom it has contacted to inform them, in every moment, about the situation in the centre.
Regardless of the final cause of the infectious outbreak, it is important to note that the appropriate measures, within the greatest demand, have been taken. The centre has a high quality in its services, which yesterday was manifested by residents and authorities, and it is regulated by strict national and international quality specifications, certified by the independent entity AENOR. Its healthcare services, with daily medical consultation and 24-hour nursing service, maintain a very close relationship with its residents, in order to improve their health and life quality, and to avoid diseases or accidents that no one can be free at any time.
At the same time, the management expresses its gratitude to health, social wellness, judicial, police and local authorities, for the prompt reply that they have had, and for the maximum collaboration to the urgent calls made from the centre, to activate the standard protocols, that take place in these cases of generalised infections.