Carehomes

Our programs in the care homes of Greece are a big part of our work and have been the focus of thāllo until the spring of 2023. During all these years we have been in contact with more than 10,000 elderly people, living in their homes or at care homes, while our program has been implemented in more than 50 Carehomes and Day Care Centers for People with Dementia.

An ispiring journey

Our first contact with the Third Age and people living with dementia was back in 2013, through a pilot social program aimed at the entertainment of the residents in care homes of the capital. In the following years, we engaged in a process of research with the aim of developing an approach that would concern every person, regardless of age or stage of dementia, an easily adaptable model to different populations and cultures.

During this period, we persisted in mapping the real needs of people living in care homes both in terms of entertainment and communication. Thus, although our initial actions were of a purely recreational nature, the need arose for substantial communication and contact with people. We wanted our meetings to involve them both individually and on a group level, so a comprehensive knowledge of the participants’ social history was deemed necessary. Gradually, entertainment gave way to a holistic approach that appeared to enhance more components of health such as social, cognitive, emotional, and mental health. The set up of each meeting, the preparation, and the implementation, took the form of a methodology; what today we call thāllo.

During this period, we persisted in mapping the real needs of people living in care homes both in terms of entertainment and communication. Thus, although our initial actions were of a purely recreational nature, the need arose for substantial communication and contact with people. We wanted our meetings to involve them both individually and on a group level, so a comprehensive knowledge of the participants’ social history was deemed necessary. Gradually, entertainment gave way to a holistic approach that appeared to enhance more components of health such as social, cognitive, emotional, and mental health. The set up of each meeting, the preparation, and the implementation, took the form of a methodology; what today we call thāllo.

Today, thāllo continues the research on the needs and plans new interventions and programs
that aim to cover an even greater part of the population of the elderly.
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