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Geriatric Health Centres of the City of Graz
Competence Centre for geriatric medicine and care
The Geriatric Health Centres of the City of Graz (GGZ) are a non-profit, public service organization operating in the public health and social services sector as a municipal enterprise with a statute of their own.
Founded as an almshouse back in 1724, the GGZ have emerged as a competence centre for geriatric medicine and care over the past 15 years.
The Albert Schweitzer Clinic
Since its original foundation in 1726, the Albert Schweitzer Clinic has established itself as a competence centre for the care and treatment of patients with chronic and acute illnesses. It comprises the departments and units below:
The Geriatric Outpatient Department
The primary objective of this Geriatric Outpatient Department is to offer follow-up examinations of outpatients who have been released after hospital care at the Inpatient Acute Geriatric/Remobilization Department.
The Day Clinic
The Acute Geriatric/Remobilization Day Clinic offers a semi-inpatient service for persons of advanced age aimed at avoiding or shortening their stays in hospitals or preventing the imminent loss of their independence.
The Acute Geriatrics/Remobilization Unit
The team working in the Acute Geriatrics/Remobilization Unit supports elderly clients whose capacity to look after themselves has diminished or whose mobility is impaired or jeopardized following an accident, surgery or disease, in order to enable them to resume their lives at home or in residences.
The Intermediate Care Unit
The Albert Schweitzer Clinic offers patients the option of hospitalization for a maximum duration of 28 days a year in the Intermediate Care Unit. This ensures optimum care of clients between the time of release from an acute care hospital and the beginning of home care or care in a residential nursing home.
The Medical Geriatrics Unit
The Medical Geriatrics Unit pursues the objective of safeguarding quality of life for chronically ill individuals. This means allowing clients in need of longer-term medical treatment and nursing care to improve their physical and mental condition and alleviate their suffering. Thanks to the integration of palliative medical know-how, the special requirements of patients in the last phase of their lives are taken into account to the greatest possible extent.
The Memory Clinic
The Memory Clinic’s nursing and care activities focus on the specific needs of individuals suffering from dementia as well as of their persons of trust. It aims at ensuring the best possible quality of life and the highest degree of personal freedom while safeguarding the safety of clients and fostering their remaining skills. The Apallic Care Unit It is the goal of this unit to rehabilitate and reintegrate persons suffering from a persistent vegetative state. As a result of a complex form of brain damage, patients are in a sleep-like state and can initially rely only on their elementary vital functions, but after appropriate therapy many of them can return to a self-determined life.
The Albert Schweitzer Hospice
The hospice is committed to a conscious and honest approach to life, the process of dying, death and mourning. It thus seeks to ensure wholehearted interaction with the residents of the hospice, their families, friends and volunteer workers. Our objective is to preserve or promote the self-determination and dignity of persons who are very severely ill or dying, while alleviating their suffering and optimizing their quality of life.
The Day Hospice
In the Day Hospice, the alleviation of symptoms and pain management therapy for palliative patients are in the forefront. Additional psycho-social and therapeutic options help them to organize their daily routines and experience a sense of community with others sharing their problems.
Assisted Living at Oeverseepark
With its care and support services ranging from mobile care in the patient’s own home to the structures of a residential nursing home, the assisted living facility at Oeverseepark offers older people an ideal option for safeguarding their self-sufficiency and privacy. Through the aid of on-site and mobile services, clients have the opportunity to remain in their homes for the longest possible period.
Residential Nursing Homes
The Robert Stolz Senior Citizens’ Residential Facility
The Robert Stolz Senior Citizens’ Residential Facility (formerly the residential nursing home Geidorf (senior citizens' centre) features spacious green areas notwithstanding the fact that it is located in the city centre with optimum access to public transport. A pharmacy, the Robert Stolz Day Care Centre as well as the newly created fitness and recreation park are located on the same premises. The Robert Stolz Day Centre With its well-lit, bright rooms, the Robert Stolz Centre for Senior Citizens offers day care for elderly inhabitants of the city of Graz. Its services are aimed at energizing and rehabilitating them as well as at enhancing their quality of life.
The Residential Nursing Home Aigner Rollett on the Rosenhain
Centrally positioned in a spacious park area in the foothills of the local recreation zone Rosenberg, the Residential Nursing Home Aigner Rollett on the Rosenhain boasts nature at its best and has easy access to the nearby city centre. This residential nursing facility of the fourth generation was opened in spring 2014 and, thanks to its apartment-sharing community, is characterized by living in a family-like atmosphere. The Rosenhain Memory Day-Care Centre Located on the ground floor of the Aigner-Rollett residential care facility on the Rosenhain, the Memory Day-Care Centre was opened in spring 2014. Its services are addressed to elderly inhabitants of Graz who have been diagnosed as suffering from dementia. Through this service, family members caring for such patients are intended to be relieved of their burden. In addition, it aims at postponing in-patient care for dementia patients.
The Peter Rosegger Residential Nursing Home
In the summer of 2014, a modern nursing facility of the fourth generation with eight shared apartments was inaugurated on the premises of the former Hummel military barracks. A central living and dining area constitutes the core of each of these shared apartments, where everyday life unfolds. The building is surrounded by a spacious park. This outstanding project received the GerambRose award in Styria for its distinctive architectural features.
The Erika Horn Residential Care Facility
In July 2015, a modern, fourth generation nursing home located in Stattegger Straße was opened. The core of each of the seven shared apartments is a central living and dining area, in which residents pursue their activities of everyday life.
The Geriatric Counselling Service (GEKO)
With a view to further optimizing medical care in the residential nursing facilities, the GGZ nursing homes offer on-site internal medical and specialist care. The Geriatric Counselling Service (GEKO) is based on the principle that “specialist doctors come to see patients in the residential care facilities instead of patients having to go to hospital to receive specialist medical treatment”. Therefore, home residents are spared tiresome shuttling to overcrowded outpatients’ departments, which is of benefit not only to nursing home residents, but also to nursing specialists and family doctors as well as to outpatient services.
The Albert Schweitzer Institute for Geriatrics and Gerontology (ASIGG)
The Albert Schweitzer Institute for Geriatrics and Gerontology focuses on state-of-the-art geriatric and gerontological research. One of its guiding principles is the transparent search for knowledge and professional know-how management. Customized programmes for geriatrics and gerontology training as well as counselling services for other health care providers round out the competence profile of this facility.