Eskilstuna is a town with 100000 citizens. It is a town where most people historically have been working in industries, and now a lot of the industries have closed down. In the municipality of Eskilstuna, the department of Health and Social care is responsible for providing support and assistance to people with needs. All support or assistance is to be based on the needs of the individual. The disability Care services support people with intellectual, physical and psychological disabilities in their living and with their Day Care.
Social services for people with intellectual, cognitive and physical disabilities have 28 units of housing with special services for adults and one unit of short time unit. We have a unit who gives personal assistance for about 75 people in their own living and a special unit who support people with autism both in living and in Day Care.
Social services for people with psychological disabilities and Daily activities have 14 units of housing with special services for adults, 2 units of supported housing (specialized support at home) and 1 unit of “help at home”. And Daily activities and work rehabilitation for approx 700 care takers.
Social services and care for the elderly in Eskilstuna has approximately 1700 caretakers with “help at home”. 12 nursing homes, where the smallest one contains 22 apartments and the biggest one, 164 apartments. We have daycare for persons with dementia and different lunch places, meeting points etc.
And our PFA approach…
We have a pedagogical approach and working procedure (the Swedish short term is PFA) the base and starting point stems from each person’s skill and difficulties, and from those pre-conditions we work to create a better life by focusing on the persons strengths and at the same time compensate for difficulties. To work with PFA requires a craftsmanship where the goal is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities. To be able to do this, we as staff members together with the caretakers, need good conditions for learning and education. A knowledge and awareness regarding the items listed below are the foundation for PFA.
The disability: for example autism, neurological developmental disorder and/or other types of intellectual disabilities.
The person/individual: the person’s skillset, difficulties and interests.
The cognition: the processes in the brain that lays the foundation for how we interpret and interact with our environment.
Adjustments and aids: to elucidate and adjust the environment based on the person’s needs.
From left to right: Annette Akar, Katarina Söhr, Christine Gustafsson, Marie Skoghill, Anders Lindström, Anna Fridell, Sara Morgan, Cecilia Holmberg and Mattias Lillieborg.