Mission and Concept of the Convalescent Centre
The Convalescent Centre in Colpach Castle has the mission to help with the physical, physiological, and psychological recovery of people in convalescence.
Convalescence is normally seen as being the period which someone requires to recover after a hospitalisation or an illness. However, this often means that the person in question remains passive physically, while the intellectual well-being is often not considererd either.
Therapeutic convalescence, as it is practised by the Centre, has the goal to design the person’s stay in a useful way. Indeed, relaxation is only useful if it is accompanied by an appropriate activity. There are several types:
- intellectual and psychological activities (reflection, learning new things, working on oneself) ;
- physical activities (mobility of joints, strength, stamina, getting back to a healthy physical state) ;
- physiological activities (physical exercise to improve blood circulation, digestion, respiration, etc.) ;
- learning (new techniques for daily tasks, using a walking aid, a new diet, etc.).
A preventative mission
The therapeutic treatments are more and more becoming a preventative mission. Indeed, all activities which are part of the therapeutic convalescence are related to three main aspects, namely :
- the return of the person to their previous living space ;
- prevention (to eliminate the risk of the appearance or the deterioration of an illness or a health problem as much as possible) ;
- making the person aware of the new responsibilities which their condition brings with itself.
To accompany them on their way, the Centre offers its patiens the possibility to consult a large number or professionals who put their skills and tools at their disposition.