Movement & Haptonomy
Residents, guests, team members, family and volunteers are stimulated to move as long and as much as possible.
The focus is on actively encouraging the greatest possible physical autonomy with a view to safeguard the necessary comfort. Therefore, physiotherapy is integrated as much as possible into daily life: taking the stairs, going for a stroll, cycling, swimming, gymnastics…
Similar to the way music therapy connects with the inner world of the person with dementia, so too can the language of the body be an important gateway to enter the inner world of the other person. This specific form of physiotherapy, connecting through touch and movement, is called haptonomy. Where the spoken word and sensory perception fades, the importance of the tactile sense grows.
Haptonomy allows us to build upon this connection. Through touch, the care-giver pays careful attention to interact respectfully with the other person. It is a powerful way to connect with each other and to value each other’s dignity. In an inviting and personalised manner, the necessary safety and support are safeguarded.
Physiotherapists are part of the multi-disciplinary teams and work together interdisciplinary. They coach their co-workers to integrate this haptonomic attitude and expertise into daily life.