Vitalhouse is located in a quiet, rural setting in the Bavarian Forest, just a stone’s throw from Hamr. The village Trhanov (district Taus) is within walking distance. Bus and train connections are available in Hamr, 2 km away, or in the neighbouring town of Klenci pod Cerchovem. The house is accessible via a small path and surrounded by meadows. Due to the quiet and sheltered environment, people at risk of escaping are completely safe. An adjacent golf course and horseback riding complement the recreational programme.
Mr. Postl cared for his mother with dementia in this house and then in 2010 decided to offer other dementia afflicted seniors the opportunity to spend their twilight years in this idyllic and beautiful area in the Bavarian Forest. The interior is a large family house surrounded by a natural garden. A brook contours the property in a natural way. The garden has a pond, deck chairs, a barbeque grill, as well as its own well. The Mediterranean terrace is naturally covered by a large vine. The grapes can be eaten in the summer. A raised bed allows seniors to grow beans and other vegetables from a wheelchair. Stone floors and mosaics as well as many wooden elements spread a natural flair in the interior. Several lounges are available for rest and relaxation. A private kitchen garnishes the food delivered by the neighbouring clinic. Small meals can also be prepared there with the seniors. The small nurse’s office is accessible in the middle of the house. Wi-Fi and a PC are offered for Skype.
Rooms and furnishing
The facility has 12 senior-friendly places in spacious, stylish rooms. The double rooms can be rented separately for an additional charge. To feel well and safe, every guest can bring something personal from home if they wish. All rooms have their own bathroom. A camera surveillance system guarantees for the safety of seniors.
The food is freshly prepared and delivered daily by the neighbouring clinic. The seniors can expect a delicious, regional cuisine, such as goulash or pancakes. On warm days some dishes, such as breakfast, coffee and cake, or the evening vespers are served on the beautiful terrace covered by vines.
Most of the 16 residents come from Germany, but Czech seniors also live there. The facility is very suitable for seniors with dementia and other illnesses.
The majority of the nursing staff comes from the Czech Republic and Ukraine. A total of 20 nursing staff lovingly take care of the 16 senior citizens. Part of the nursing staff speaks German very well. There is a 1: 5 care. The facility is ideally suited for dementia sufferers due to its manageable size, the idyllic and quiet location and the very family friendly environment. Seniors with other diseases can also be hosted there.
The facility offers many activities. These include memory training, gymnastics classes, creative classes and biography work. A physiotherapist practices with the seniors. This service is included in the price. There are regular excursions such as to the Christmas market, or walks in the neighbouring nature.
A family doctor visits weekly. There are clinics in the neighbouring cities. A pharmacy delivers the medication. The treatment costs are taken care of by the German health insurance as per the European agreement.
A place costs between 1500 € and 2000 € monthly. Depending on the degree of care, the German long-term care funds pay part of the nursing care costs from 316 € in degrees 2 to 901 € in nursing degree 5. Short-term care is also offered.