Care founded in Saltsjöbaden

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Care founded in Saltsjöbaden


Saltsjöbadens Sanatorium och Badanstalt (the Saltsjöbaden Sanatorium and Spa) was opened with great ceremony on 15 June 1903. Today, Vardaga and Nytida occupy these historic premises, providing a residential care home for the elderly and day centre offering occupational engagement.

The well-known landmarks of the white-painted and equally imposing Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden and Saltsjöbaden Hospital stand like twins, situated some distance apart on the east coast of Sweden, in this popular health and seaside resort. The hotel was built at the end of the 19th century the hospital was built in the early 20th century.

The hotel opened its doors in 1893, and a sanatorium soon opened nearby; however, a weak economy resulted in the closure of the latter. The AB Saltsjön-Stockholm Railway Company, dominated by the famous Wallenberg financier family, embraced the concept of a combined medical enterprise and hotel, and built the Saltsjöbaden Sanatorium and Spa. With its swimming pool, electrotherapy and other facilities that attracted fashionable society, the hotel became a huge success.

Hotell bill paid with art

Extensions and redevelopment followed – as did new forms of therapy. In 1957 the business was sold to Stockholm County Council, which became responsible for the cost of providing care. This probably would have pleased artist Albert Engström, who painted a self-portrait which he is said to have donated to the hotel because he didn’t have enough money to pay for his stay. The painting now hangs in the hotel’s club room, which is also called the Albert Engström Room.

1994 heralded the beginning of a new era. The hospital became privately owned once again when it was bought by Swedish healthcare providers Svensk Hälsovård AB. In connection with the acquisition, the company signed contracts for orthopaedic and cardiac rehabilitation services as well as for elderly care, for which Nacka Municipality was the biggest client.

“Thanks to the wonderful customer-oriented ‘Saltsjöbad spirit’ which had been built up over many years, the hospital could be expanded. The biggest change was creating a more efficient organisation through systematic quality improvement,” recalls residential coordinator Annica Norén.

Touch of luxury

Vardaga’s residential care home for the elderly has places for 92 persons, and offers both permanent and short-stay accommodation. A wealth of artwork and tapestry-adorned common rooms for socialising add a touch of luxury to the accommodation – as does the sea view from the top terrace and the large park surrounding the facilities.

In 1996 Svenska Hälsovård became part of today’s Ambea. In 2012 Ambea wound up the responsibility for specialist care, which until then had also been provided at Saltsjöbaden Hospital. Today the focus is on elderly age care and Nytida’s day centre, Primo, which is also housed in the traditional premises and offers occupational engagement.



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