Founded by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden

Stiftelsen Silviahemmet was founded in 1996 by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden who herself had a personal experience of taking care of her mother living with dementia.

The goal was to developed dementia care knowledge and education for caregivers that are working closest to people with dementia. 


Queen Silvia ceremony
Queen Silvia photograph

Stiftelsen Silviahemmet - a Swedish centre of excellence in dementia care

Stiftelsen Silviahemmet has been continuously developing the Silviahemmet dementia care philosophy for over the past 20 years. It currently operates as a Swedish centre of excellence in dementia care and training, as well as a dementia daycare center that can be visited as a part of educational study visits organised by SCI.

Palliative approach

It is based on the palliative approach to care, which promotes life and relieves suffering from the early symptoms of dementia to the end of life.

Improve quality of life

carer and elderly people

The philosophy forms the foundation of the education aiming at the highest quality of life regardless of the phase or type of dementia disease.

Based on four cornerstones

The person-centred care philosophy is based on the four cornerstones as follows:

Silviahemmet Care Philosophy
  • A. Person-centered care/symptom control
  • B. Teamwork
  • C. Family support
  • D. Communication and relation

A comprehensive basis for a variety of programmes

Silviahemmet care philosophy forms a solid base for a broad variety of education and training programmes, including certification programmes for nursing homes, e-learning courses and seminars for caregivers and organisations providing care, postgraduate studies for registered nurses at Sophiahemmet University and master courses for physicians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists at Karolinska Institutet, one of the top medical universities in the world.

See education programmes:

A story of Silviahemmet-certified hospital

Many nursing homes, home care providers or other institutions all around Sweden as well as in different parts of the world were trained and certified by Silviahemmet. Here is one of many stories:

Photo: Yanan Li

students in classroom

Choose your education programme

Most of our education solutions in dementia care are based on Silviahemmet care philosophy. Check the programmes we have:

Visit Stiftelsen Silviahemmet

Interested in learning more about Stiftelsen Silviahemmet care philosophy by visiting their dementia care centre? We arrange educational study visits for international groups willing to see and learn about the philosophy from the original centre of knowledge.
Read more about educational study visits in section: