Stiftelsen Silviahemmet


Stiftelsen Silviahemmet was founded by H.M. Queen Silvia on Valentine’s Day during 1996. The training of Silvia nurses and entire unit training certification is combined with broad-based training in practical dementia care for different categories of staff that are involved with providing care.

Aim and purpose

Silviahemmet aims to make an active contribution to the development of care provision for people with dementia and their relatives.

The Silviahemmet care philosophy aims to achieve the highest possible quality of life for people suffering with dementia and those related to them.

The Silviahemmet care philosophy

The Silviahemmet care philosophy is based on the four cornerstones:

  1. Person-centered care / symptom control
  2. Teamwork
  3. Family support
  4. Communication and Relationship.

Person centered care/ Symptom control – the holistic view of the unique person.

  • 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

Teamwork – how to work together with different competencies and towards the common goal. How to interact in order to have a positive result in care. All are equally needed to succeed.

  • In the workplace and my role in the team at the ward
  • With the family
  • With external contacts like Case managers/ GP: s /Home help service etc.
  • The value of reflection in teamwork and how to perform reflection management

Family support – the family in need of support from the first contact to the end of life of the person with dementia. It is also about how to interact and share the care with the family.

  • Family support – everyone is different and need different types of support in different phases
  • Family cooperation – Invite to cooperate. The always competent family is needed to create the best care

Communication and Relation – awareness of body language, tone and approach. Understanding the person with dementia lacking verbal communication skills.

  • Keeping the team and the family updated as well as keeping up important contacts with external resources.
  • Myself as the most important tool in dementia care
  • Understanding the person with dementia
  • Understanding the family and their needs
  • Enabling time and space for reflection and communication

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and Wilhelmina Hoffman, Director of Stiftelsen Silviahemmet Photo: Yanan Li

Courses and education available

We have several education programmes based on Silviahemmet care philosophy. Chose the one that suits your needs or contact us  ( to receive a tailored solution: