Swedish Care International offers certification and accreditation models directed to Elderly care units and Nursing homes in an international environment.  The Silviahemmet Certification is the most popular certification model in Sweden and is also provided internationally.

The Silviahemmet Certification of the institution or unit in dementia care

It is a certification programme for the institution (or unit) providing dementia care.The certification aims to achieve the highest possible quality of life for people suffering from dementia and those related to them.

A certificate shows that the care provider has invested in knowledge development and training of their employees and serve as proof of a common value base in the organisation. This certification means that all staff on the unit, caregivers, cleaners, janitors, managers, etc. is trained in dementia care using the Silviahemmet philosophy of care in accordance with the specified guidelines.

Please read more about the Silviahemmet care philosophy here.

Key features

  • Target group: Nursing homes, home care organisations, dementia care units or companies working in dementia care
  • Format: 3 parts of face-to-face training, including a separate part for managers
  • Duration: 8 days in total for up to 20 participants (length of training depends on unit size)
  • Location: in-house
  • Language: English/Swedish (with the possibility of translation to other languages)

The goal of certification

The goal of the certification process works towards a certificate in order to incorporate a holistic approach to health and social care for those with dementia and to stimulate further and continuous training and regular reflection.

Course content

  1. Dementia and dementia diseases
  • The brain and the nervous system
  • Changes with ageing
  • Different dementia diseases and epidemiology
  • Difficult symptoms
  • Care environment
  • Mealtime and diet
  1. Person centred care/Symptom control – the holistic view of the unique person, who is perceived in many dimensions.
  • Physical – the person´s health and symptom profile due to the disease
  • Psychological – the person´s sensibility and strengths
  • Social – work, family and social activities
  • Existential – the unique person with dementia in different phases of life
  1. Family support – the family in need of support from the first contact to the end of life of the person with dementia.
  • How to interact and share the care with the family
  • Family cooperation – invite the family to cooperate to create the best possible care
  1. Teamwork – how to work together with different competences and towards the common goal.
  • How to interact in order to have a positive result in care
  • My role in the team at the ward
  • Working with the family
  • Working with external actors like case managers/GPs/home care service etc.
  • The value of reflection in teamwork and how to perform reflection management

The Certificate

This certification means that the unit has received an education in accordance with the Silviahemmet model. A numbered certificate is awarded to the unit when all elements of the process are performed and approved.

Certification includes quality assurance, follow-up and development during the whole Certification period. The Certificate lasts for three years and could later be recertified by additional training if needed.

Certification process

The certification process consists of three steps of training performed by Silviahemmet Instructors. Contact us to get the details.


“The education is a great foundation that is very valuable to us. We use it to motivate and lead the team forward. The requirements for the certification allows us to never lose focus and maintain a constant high-quality care”

Birgitta Odell, Manager of Carema Care, the largest private operator in elderly care in Sweden with more than 80 units in somatic and dementia care, and home care services

“I am so impressed by the method that I am preparing to transfer the learning to all the divisions in our facility. Already we have redone the rooms and buildings in the right colors and made use of all the parts of the education. One of the key developments for us have been the time we now allow for reflection, it really creates an alive and dynamic process. The education is absolutely brilliant in its simplicity and more than anything it has made us focus on the core issue – the patient!”

David Clifford Manager of Byttorpsklint, a residential care facility for the elderly and disabled.


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