The Cabildo, Adeje council and the AFATE association have cooperated to open this centre which will be based in the Los Menores cultural centre
Aurelio Abreu, the Tenerife councillor for welfare, health and dependency with the Tenerife Cabildo, alongside the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the president of AFATE, the association for family members with Alzheimer’s disease and other senile dementias, Manuel Ángel Hernández Garcia, have visited the centre which will home the day care centre for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The unit will be based in the Los Menores Cultural Centre, use of which has been ceded by the Adeje council.
During the visit other members of the AFATE association were also present, as well as experts from the Cabildo and the Adeje councillors for social services and the elderly, Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera respectively.
The project is an initiative of the Cabildo and will be part of the island-wide network of social services, hand in hand with the AFATE association and those councils that have expressed an interest in taking part. The Adeje centre is currently being improved to meet the needs of the new service. Once open the unit which will care for those with mild-moderate levels of dementia and will have three qualified professionals in the centre from 9am to 1pm Monday – Friday caring for up to 30 residents of the borough. As well as offering professional attention for those who are ill, the unit will also offer family services and support. Interested families can request inclusion through the offices for senior citizens in the Adeje Cultural Centre even though age will not be a factor in the allocation of places.
The Adeje mayor expressed his satisfaction with the initiative “which will meet a real need in our society, and give our residents in Adeje a resource that is important and essential. Alzheimer’s disease is a concern not just for the patient but for families of that patient and now we can count upon professionals who can assist in the control of the illness and assistance for families, freeing them somewhat from the pressures which they often find themselves under and offering professional advice on treatment.” The mayor added that the council have also scheduled a meeting with the Adeje health centre to inform them of the imminent service which they will also be able to use in referrals.
According to the Cabildo councillor Aurelio Abreu, “the Adeje project will be part of the island-wide social services network which we in the Cabildo are helping to install. These are services which, until now, were only available in the city zone. With this programme we have the chance to create 14 centres throughout the entire island, which is a source of enormous satisfaction. For the 2,500 people on the waiting list for care, AFATE has found this intermediate solution which are these centres which can help families.
Aurelio Abreu also mentioned “the magnificent work that the Adeje Social Services is doing, and Adeje was actually one of the boroughs most interested in requesting insertion into this island-wide network. We will now be able to expand the services on offer in the Adeje to attend to illness such as Parkinson’s, those who are deaf, who need assistance in learning sign language, etc”.
The technical director of AFATE, Inmaculada Rodríguez, said she was delighted with the Adeje installations; “this is a marvellous centre and the council have done all that is needed to adapt the space to meet the required needs and we hope that shortly we can being to use it for that purpose. Our team is ready, and we are beginning to contact families here and any family that would like to avail of the service can ask to be included now”.
She added, “this unit will be geared towards those who have any kind of dementia in low to moderate stages. We won’t just treat persons with dementia but also anyone who is suffering from mild cognitive impairment who might currently find themselves in limbo, with no one to turn to. We are here to help and to, where possible, avoid in the medium term that their condition progresses to dementia.
The director of AFATE said that “we want to stress that this is an integrated service as we are attending to persons in all aspects that are relevant – physical, mental, using physiotherapy, logopedia, psychology, occupational therapy and basic care and attention. We also will be working with families with assistance and information as well as home and centre-based assessment.”