This neurodegenerative disease leads to a progressive deterioration of the nerve cells and to an alteration of the cognitive faculties memory, language, reasoning… It evolves towards an increasing loss of autonomy which ends up exhausting the families on a daily basis. Hence the importance of taking care
A Cambo les bains: a break that offers real support
At the Cambo-les-Bains thermal baths, a resort dedicated to rheumatic complaints, the Alzheimer’s Respite stay is intended for patients in the mild and middle stages and their caregivers. “We have attached great importance to the management of the emotional part of this pathology, disconcerting for caregiver/patient couples” specifies Alain Dyan, psycho-geriatrician, president of France Alzheimer Pyrénées Atlantiques, partner in the creation of the stay with the thermal establishment.
On the patient agenda : soft gym sophrology, creative workshops… like making a jewel for your loved one. These activities promote a reconnection of the patient with himself and with his caregiver. A cognitive stimulation session, based on board games, coloring, etc., allows the patient to increase their memory capacities
Caregivers benefit from discussion groups, positive psychology and sophrology sessions to express their difficulties and learn how to better cope with them. Gentle gymnastics, aromatic massage, the “self-care” workshop and dietetics also encourage them to take charge. Common activities are also offered to strengthen the ties between the patient and the carer: musical entertainment, plantar reflexology, thermal treatments with soothing waters rich in trace elements… So many moments of shared well-being and useful advice. to better manage the stresses of the disease.
Find out more: Alzheimer Respite Mini Cure
14 treatments for the carer, 12 treatments for the carer, 4 days/3 nights from €399 per person in a double room, half-board at the Residence *** Domaine du Levant, Rens. : 0 820 003 535, www.chainethermale.fr
In BourBonne-les-Bains: three weeks to perk up
“After a while, the state of dependence is difficult to manage for carers who are physically and psychologically exhausted by their daily involvement in supporting the patient”, underlines Christian Toussaint, spa doctor in Bourbonne-les-Bains. The difficulty of the caregiver’s task, the patient’s toilet, housework… often induces joint pain and nervous disorders.
A three-week spa treatment, based on the protocol of a rheumatology cure with applications of mud, baths, showers… relaxing and remineralising. And for relaxation: chromotherapy, music therapy, massage… A real recovery time for the carer, because during the day the patient is taken care of, at all stages of the disease, in the Alzheimer’s unit of the hospital center from the city. There, in a warm atmosphere, he does adapted playful activities: gardening, cooking, collective games… to stimulate and preserve his gestural and intellectual abilities.
A six-day formula is also offered with thermal hydrotherapy treatments, massages and facials for caregivers. The patient, meanwhile, benefits from hydromassage baths and skull massages, alternating with the fun activities of the long cure.
Learn more: the basis for taking charge of the Alzheimer Caregiver stay of 18 days is the approved “Rheumatology” cure of 72 treatments + a package of additional activities at €50. Info. : for the patient assisted at the hospital center of the station: 03 25 87 70 00
6-day program, 24 treatments for the carer, 12 treatments for the carer, in a double room, half-board from €1340 for a couple at the Résidence Thermotel.
Information: 03.25.90.07.20, www.valvital.fr