The Centre Speranza-Albert II, which closed its doors in March 2020 due to the health crisis, reopened on Tuesday, May 2, with an important difference: Residents will be able to use the centre free of charge.

The Centre, which offers therapeutic daycare to residents of Monaco who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive impairment, seeks to prevent social isolation, maintain the functional and cognitive capacities of its users and offer respite to family carers.

The Prince’s Government has decided to make the Centre completely free to access.

Practically speaking, users may attend the Centre from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Meals are available on site and a vehicle specifically adapted for people with reduced mobility can transport users from their homes to the Centre and back again.

A therapeutic and social activity programme will be organised each month by a dedicated and experienced multidisciplinary team.

Health Minister Christophe Robino said: “Carers, and not just family carers, play a vital role in supporting elderly people. With the reopening of the Centre Speranza-Albert II, and free access, the Prince’s Government is keen to offer solutions that will both provide some relief for carers and support the local residents who use it, with a view to preventing health problems and promoting social cohesion in the Principality.”

CENTRE SPERANZA–ALBERT II, 6 Rue Bel Respiro, MC 98000 MONACO. Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone: (+377) 98 98 43 17

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