Empowering and caring
Almacasa offers what elderly people with care need and their relatives wish for: on-site, nearby, everyday support and care. Our facilities are also suited to people with dementia – both options, long-term stay arrangements and temporary relief are available.
The application and relocation processes are easy and uncomplicated. Living in an Almacasa care home is an option for all people with care needs, irrespective of their income or wealth.
Living in small groups/units, in an intentional community with privacy
We focus on enabling our residents to lead a normal everyday life in a familiar environment with a qualified support and care team. Our care homes include a beautiful private area for each resident, carefully furnished communal meeting areas and a well-tended garden. Pets can be brought along. Visitors are always welcome and we are especially happy about children’s visits.
Relatives and volunteers are part of the team
At Almacasa we regard relatives and volunteers as equals because they are crucial resources for everyday life. We specifically encourage their contributions with an innovative new bonus system.
Keeping abreast of developments through innovation and networking
Over the coming years a number of regional and well-developed Almacasa care homes will be built in various locations. They will allow for short distance visits and the best possible integration for residents in their usual and familiar environment.
In order to achieve this aim, Almacasa works together with authorities and investors. We promote the active exchange of best practice expertise on a national and international level. Therefore, new findings and resources can be implemented in a very short time – this is an essential part of what we do.
Almacasa (Latin: alma: soul, nourishing; casa: house) provides homes with state of the art care for people who are no longer able to cope with life on their own, either temporarily or in the long term. We offer a place where they can feel comfortable and safe. Special consideration is given to the needs of people with dementia.
Synergies for people
Almacasa is a business area of Spectren Ltd., which is based in Urdorf, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. Spectren Ltd. addresses the needs of people with care needs and their carers in a variety of ways. We provide training, counselling, coaching and interim management in long-term care. Almacasa brings together our experiences and knowledge in order to create places that can inspire others in the field.
Almacasa is special in that the small care homes can outsource all their central services to the Spectren headquarters. This enables the staff and managers of Almacasa homes to focus on what really matters: relationships, companionship, true leadership and minimal administration. Our facilities are affordable to everyone, irrespective of income or wealth.
Training is key
All Almacasa homes run training programmes powered by Spectren Ltd. We take care of new recruits in our industry and we invest in introducing young people to the exciting and intellectually challenging world of looking after and caring for older adults. In the Canton of Zurich, Spectren Ltd. has been authorized by the Department of Secondary and Vocational Education to host all tertiary level training programmes, vocational care staff training, to issue medical certificates and to offer apprenticeships.
Managing Director Almacasa
Managing Director Almacasa
Administration / Accounting
Education /Further Education
Volunteers are a valuable resource – not all tasks can be performed by paid staff. Demographic developments demand innovative approaches and attractive possibilities for working with volunteers.
Almacasa accommodates these requirements by offering volunteers the following:
- specific training opportunities
- support in demanding situations
- qualification with the Swiss Social Work Certificate
- appreciation through shared community experiences
Networking – allowing practice to benefit!
Almacasa provides a service that encapsulates more than 20 years' experience. Almacasa is also always on top of the latest findings of gerontological research.
We are a member of the following national organisations:
We also have a wide network of international connections:
EAN (European Ageing Network)
GAN (Global Ageing Network)
Vincenzo Paolino ist member of the Board of Directors of GAN and EAN
Our frequent participation in conferences and symposia allows us to establish valuable contacts and to continue to advance Almacasa.
Almacasa and Spectren Ltd. also have a wide network of academic and practice contacts who can be commissioned for expert work, consulting and research.
Calendar of recent congress contributions:
May 2018: "Quality of life and dementia - the influence of architecture, culture and leadership." Meran/Italy
May 2018: "Thinking dementia in new ways - impulses from a reflected practitioner." at Hartheim Impulse, Alkoven/Austria
February 2017: "Value based appraches and management in long term care." Brisbane and Melbourne (AUS)
March 2016: "The Almacasa model translated into a queer project." at Annual General Meeting of "queerAltern", a non-profit association dedicated to improve the life and care for older LGBTI+ people.
3rd–6th August 2015: IAHSA-Conference, Perth/Australia (workshop with David Coe: Small is beautiful as a new motto in long-term care.)
24th–26th September 2014: EAHSA Conference, Amsterdam/The Netherlands (participant)
11th April 2014: Conference on Ageing, Thun/Switzerland (How to invite and strengthen the role of relatives in the care process.)
17th–20th November 2013: IAHSA Shanghai/China (symposium contribution by Vincenzo Paolino)
12th September 2013: Lecture at the Congress for Urology for Professional Care Staff, Geneva/Switzerland
8th May 2013: Keynote speech by Vincenzo Paolino at an expert conference for managers in the field of caring for the elderly, Vilnius/Lithuania
Calendar of forthcoming events:
Almacasa’s purpose is to provide specialized accommodation for people who can no longer live in their usual environment. Special consideration is given to the needs of people with dementia.
All Almacasa houses are located in a community where everything is nearby and community life can continue. Close links to the community as well as a variety of club and cultural activities are very important to us. They bring life into the Almacasa houses and allow the residents to remain part of the community and encourage voluntary work.
In the coming years we will be developing Almacasa small care homes in various locations in order to meet society’s needs even better. We will be working with public authorities and private investors within various partnership models.