Villa Maria Services

Accommodation services

Accommodation is a care service outside of one’s own family that is provided as institutional care at Home and can include: housing, nutrition, nursing, health care, social work, psychological support, physical therapy, ocupational therapy, work activities, active leisure activities, depending on the identified needs and the beneficiary’s wishes.

Temporary accommodation can be provided in crisis situations for the purpose of gradual adjustment to long-term accommodation outside of your own or foster family and to prepare for non-institutional care. Temporary accommodation can last for as long as 6 months. Temporary accommodation can also be provided when parents who are carers or carers need rest, for a total duration of up to 30 days during one calendar year, or due to temporary inability to provide care due to the illness of a parent who is a carer or a carer, while there is a need for it and for a maximum period of 60 days during one calendar year. Beneficiaries are accepted to a temporary accommodation if there is a vacancy in the Home, in accordance with the required time period for accommodation, and temporary accommodation is granted in chronological order of received requests.

Long-term accommodation Long-term accommodation is provided to a beneficiary who requires intensive care and other life needs for a longer period of time. Long-term accommodation is provided to a person with mental disability according to age and type and degree of disability, when it is not possible to provide family care by providing appropriate non-institutional forms of care.

Housing and nutrition

Beneficiaries can be accommodated in single, double and triple rooms in Home Vila Maria.

Cleaning and maintenance of premises and equipment are provided daily, washing and ironing of bed linen at least once a week, washing and ironing of personal laundry, and toiletries are provided as needed (several times a week).

Three meals a day are provided – breakfast, lunch and dinner (diet meals or as directed by a doctor five to six times a day).

Health care includes:

  • Disease prevention and early detection of diseases are implemented by way of regular physical examinations, blood pressure and blood sugar control, influenza vaccination, prevention programs for early detection of cancer;
  • Maintaining users in good remission – nurses / technicians continually monitor their health and supervise taking prescribed oral therapy;
  • Improving and maintaining health;
  • The application of parenteral and oral therapy as instructed by the doctor;
  • Other procedures according to physician’s instructions (treatment of wounds, giving inhalation, …);
  • Providing first aid.


Physiotherapy is provided by a physiotherapist according to the specialist physician’s instructions, and it implies:

  • Prevention of impairment, functional limitations, disability and injury (performs exercises aimed at increasing endurance),
  • Improvement of coordination of movements, maintaining and increasing the range and speed of movement, correcting body position, preventing complications of prolonged bed rest.

Implementation of physical therapy:

  • manual therapy
  • electrotherapy
  • cryotherapy
  • ultrasound therapy
  • laser therapy
  • ICV therapy
  • solux lamp therapy
  • biophtron lamp therapy
  • magnet therapy

Care and personal hygiene care

Nurses care about personal hygiene and care by:

  • Continuously providing assistance, support and supervision in personal hygiene (several times a day);
  • Taking care about the immediate surroundings of the beneficiary (linen, clothes, footware, clean rooms);
  • Assisting in feeding the beneficiaries 3-5 times a day.

Social work

Social workers provide assistance to beneficiaries in the period of their adaptation, initiate the application of the necessary forms of social protection, protection of rights, professional work and cooperation with the family of beneficiaries, prepare beneficiaries for the application of other forms of protection, cooperate with social welfare centers and other relevant authorities.

Social workers carry out individual and group work. In individual work, they deal with individual and specific social problems of beneficiaries. In group work they work on integration of new beneficiaries into the life of the Home and local community, as well as on the group cohesion of the beneficiaries.

In the “Adaptation Group” workshop, social workers provide information, assist in the adaptation period, promote fellowship and respect for each individual. In the “Citty Stroll” group, by accompanying beneficiaries they contribute to their autonomy and space management and new situations. The “Social Skills” aims to improve the social skills of the beneficiaries.

The overall work of social workers is focused on better socialization of beneficiaries as individuals and as a part of a large group.

Psychological support

Psychologist provides psychological support, advises and guides beneficiaries through individual conversations or group work (workshops and educational groups).

In individual conversations, the psychologist helps the beneficiary to adapt to life in the Home, helps him solve his acute problems and meet his needs and wishes.

Group work is carried out with the aim of better mutual acquaintance and convergence of beneficiaries, developing trust and acceptance as well as group support to beneficiaries.

Psychologist works in groups through educational groups. The work of the “Life Skill Training” group is based on improving and learning about self-awareness, self-esteem, recognition of one’s and other’s feelings, mutual communication and activities, all with the aim of accepting themselves, learning to take care of their own psychophysical health, take responsibility for themselves and make their own decisions.

In the “Psycho-info” group, the psychologist primarily works with users suffering from schizophrenia or schizoaffective psychosis, and aims to reduce psychotic phase of the disease. The beneficiary learns how to recognize the early stages of his crisis, develop a strategy to combat the beginning of crisis and participates in the development of plan of behavior in crisis.

The overall work of psychologist is aimed at encouraging self-reliance, empowering and providing support to beneficiary, and achieving a sense of satisfaction through better quality of his or her life. Psychologist also participates in the preparation of beneficiaries for non-institutional care such as organized housing with assistance.

Occupational therapy and occupational activities

Occupational therapists and occupational instructors provide their services according to the occupational-therapeutic assessment and analysis of the activities of daily living in the area of self-care, productivity / occupational activities and leisure time / recreation / vacations. The aim is to adopt and maintain occupational and cultural habits, work abilities and independence.

Activities are conducted through individual and group work.

1. Self-care activities

– personal hygiene, clothing, decoration and maintenance of personal space, functional mobility, socialization skills

2. Productivity / work activities

– maintening the cleanliness and landscaping, gardening – eco-garden, taking care of flowers, care for animals, help with laundry, help in the dining room, on-call duty at the reception desk, maintenance and decoration of common rooms, culinary workshops

3. Activities for leisure / entertainment / vacation

3.1. Interest activities

  • Handwork – embroidery, knitting, crochet, patchwork
  • Fine art – creative workshops – independently and in cooperation with volunteers (decoupage technique, ceramics, work with rope, papier mache technique, plastering, soap making, mosaic technique, Creativity Basics workshop, making decorative objects, greeting cards and posters, decoration of space)

3.2. Cultural and entertainment activities

Literary-recitation-drama group, library and reading room, choir, birthday parties, dance activities, movie projections, games, user outings, religious activities: mass, rosary prayer, and other culturaland entertainment events

3.3. Sports and recreational activities

Group recreational exercises, bowling, football, table football, table tennis, organized walks, organized beach outings.