On Wednesday 1 March, The Queen presented this year's Queen Silvia Nursing Award during a ceremony at the Swedish Embassy in Warsaw. The award was inaugurated by The Queen to encourage nursing students to develop ideas for the geriatric care of the future.
The Queen Silvia Nursing Award is presented to nursing students who have come up with useful ideas for developing geriatric care. This year's recipient of the scholarship, Natalia Dushenska, has presented an idea that involves a greater focus on the emotional needs rather than just the practical needs of elderly patients.
This year's recipient has chosen to focus on emotions and the need for stimulation, which can easily be overlooked, but which are incredibly important for the elderly and people with dementia. Natalia's idea is for an organisation that works to achieve the dreams – whether large or small – of the elderly.
» Read The Queen's speech at the scholarship ceremony here.
After the scholarship ceremony, The Queen carried out a study visit to the Józefina Care Home, a home for dementia sufferers in Józefów near Warsaw which has been certified by Silviahemmet. All the staff have been trained in caring for the elderly and people with dementia.
» Read The Queen's speech at the Józefina Care Home here.
During her visit to Poland, The Queen also met the Polish First Lady Mrs. Kronhauser-Duda at Belweder Palace.
The Queen Silvia Nursing Award was inaugurated to mark The Queen's 70th birthday on 23 December 2013 in order to create the right conditions for lasting positive change within treatment and care with a focus the elderly.
In addition to the prize money of SEK 50,000, the scholarship also includes a six month individually structured placement period.
Find out more about the Queen Silvia Nursing Award here.