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Eir is dedicated…

…to providing the best nursing and medical care possible, around the clock. Focus is placed on providing care specialized to each resident’s needs, whether it’s medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental, or spiritual. With 155 accommodating home spaces, 16 rehabilitation spaces, and 6 more for admissions and temporary care, Eir provides flexibility with single, double, and triple occupancy options as well. This means residents can make themselves right at home. Additional lounges, dining areas, balconies, and extra rooms within each department, provide options for functions and events.

Eir believes in people, and focuses service to promote a greater sense of self reliance among residents. Emphasis is placed on respect for the individual, while ensuring every aspect of their care is tended to. Striving to provide the best nursing care possible, the director, the individual department heads, and the floor nurses, take their professional responsibility to another level. Nurses are on duty 24/7 to provide care, with the entire staff working together to ensure residents receive the care they need any time of the day or night, from social workers, to the kitchen staff. Department heads are available from 8:00 – 16:00 weekdays.

Based on personal capabilities, residents faced with the challenge of dementia can find the care they need in a safe, quiet, and inviting environment, which promotes collaboration with their loved ones. In fact, in 2009, Eir became the first nursing home in Iceland to use “The Liverpool Care Pathway” therapeutic process. Originally developed in the UK in 1997, it is widely used across Europe, as it focuses on specific care to help with both the quality and length of life.

HOUSE A House-A has a plethora of resident units, while also housing 12 rehabilitation units, and 6 units for receiving, admissions, or temporary care. Exuding a warm, home-like atmosphere, there is a focus on building a sense of togetherness through recreational activities such as reading, story-telling, singing, and music. Residents can enjoy lounges, or take in spectacular views of Grafarvogur.

HOUSE B House-B has a total of 20 spaces, and is divided into two sections, with 10 single units in each. Some are equipped as a suite, opening between rooms, to provide flexibility for couples. Both the North and South sections have dining and lounges, as well as a spacious balcony unit, frequently used by family members. House-B also provides terrific access to the outdoors, with beautiful views of Grafarvogur, the west, and beyond.

The rehabilitation department assists the elderly during recovery, specifically after surgery for fractures, or joint problems. The goal is to return the patient to a state of health, which allows them to return home after completing rehabilitation. Each patient receives the right combination of medical care, physiotherapy, or occupational therapy, while constantly assisted throughout the day by Eir’s nursing professionals. The length of rehabilitation depends on each individual, and their condition.

Eir knows that physical limitations can prevent someone from being able to fully enjoy life. This is why Eir’s physiotherapy department plays an active role in the lives of residents.

With frequent and specific training techniques, therapists are able to reduce limitations, such as pain, and elevate resident’s activity opportunities. Therapists also visit individual departments to conduct group work like walking exercises and crisis prevention. Therapists are also available to residents of the security apartments, or those under day care.

The physiotherapy department is operated in conjunction with the National University Hospital, where the elderly receive rehabilitation after surgery for fractures or joint problems, and are discharged home.

Occupational therapy at Eir is multi-faceted, covering rehabilitation, in home visits, and outpatient services.

Rehabilitation A large proportion of occupational therapy at Eir lies in rehabilitation. The goal is to assist the client back to a state of health, which enables them to be as self-reliant as possible. In fact, Eir has an agreement with the National University Hospital to provide rehabilitation to the elderly who are recovering from surgery for fractures, or joint problems.

During treatment, clients are evaluated on their ability to perform daily activities (ADL Assessment), coached on the use of equipment aids, and assessed cognitively (MMSE & CDT Assessments), if necessary. Additionally, light exercises are taught to those suffering from joint pain, while activities such as boccia, singing, reading, and baking are used to regain mobility and help the client regain form.

Therapists also conduct home visits to determine the client’s skill in their own home environment more accurately. Advice is given on making improvements to reduce the risk of falling hazards, and the proper placement and use of aids designed to allow for self help capabilities right at home.

In-Home Therapists are available for home visits to provide individual training for the client, allowing them to focus on activities specific to their environment.

Outpatient Outpatient care is also available, allowing the therapist to assess the needs and desires of the client, and provide advice on how to increase the client’s participation at work.

Eir’s cafeteria offers a healthy and diverse menu of home cooked food. It supplies food for everyone at Eir; nursing residents, staff, security home residents, and visitors. A certified nutritionist advises meal planning, ensuring complete nutrition.