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The Home at the foot of Žampach castle
The Home at the foot of Žampach castle is a social facility of the Pardubice region – a home for handicapped people. The Home facility is situated in the chateau in Žampach village. This is a place of extraordinary historical and natural value which is used not only for The Home activities but also for the construction of a modern centre with connections to social services within the surrounding social environment.
The main objective of The Home is to provide permanent services according to the social services laws for social welfare for people with mental disorders who may also have physical or sensory disorder (except complete deafness) and specifically those who need regular social welfare services.
The services are provided to the inhabitants of EU countries in accordance with the valid laws of the Czech Republic and after proper application for and conclusion of the contract with this institution. The applicant can download the application form from The Home web pages or claim personally or in writing.
The Home facility is situated in the chateau in Žampach village, which is approximately 12 km north-east of Ústí nad Orlicí. This is a place of extraordinary historical and natural value which is used not only for the Home activities but also for the construction of a modern centre with connections to social services within the surrounding social environment.
The mission statement of the institution
The mission statement of the institution is to arrange and provide services supporting the skills, leading to independence in every day life activities as well as self-sufficiency in decision making of personal matters. Moreover, the Home offers social-therapeutic, educational, occupational and leisure activities both in its own centres and the local social environment.
The chateau premises have been used for state social needs since 1950, when the home for sick and elderly people was founded.
In 1967, it was changed into a home for social welfare for young mentally handicapped people. The care for approximately 35 boys was mainly implemented by nuns of the Franciscan Order. Since the 70s, the chateau and its premises have been reconstructed and shaped to suit the needs of social welfare.
It has been changed to facilitate nearly 100 clients over the last 10 years. The care was managed not only by civilians but also by nuns of the Vincent Order, who left the home in 1985. At that time there were more than 120 boys and men in the home.
Due to social and political changes in 1989, there has been a wide increase of public interest in events and the atmosphere of these homes and similar institutions.
The Home services are intended to help people with mental disorders, who are over 1 year old and whose self-sufficiency is limited due to their disorders and also whose state of health requires regular help from others. Furthermore, these services are dedicated to help people with mental disorders who may also have physical or sensory disorder (except complete deafness) and specifically those who need regular social welfare services.
Nowadays, the Home at the foot of Žampach castle provides permanent services to 119 clients, carried out by specialized and qualified staff, who provide direct care, help create family atmosphere and initiate centre activities through teaching.
The Home also focuses on technical, administrative and economic services as well as catering, health and social counselling services. Furthermore, this institution organizes supplementary activities, which includes a Tourist Information Centre and Žampach Arboretum.
The director of the institution is a statutory representative.
In accordance with the law, the Home provides services and activities as follows:
- everyday personal care and hygiene
- social counselling
- assistance in claiming the Rights, justified claims and personal administration
- health care including nursing, rehabilitative and preventive care
- arrangement of contacts within the social environment
The services also offer supported accommodation. For this reason the Home runs associated accommodation facilities – called “Houses on the
hillside”, situated in local village areas for sharing the conditions of ordinary everyday life.
The Home at the foot of Žampach castle fulfils the life-valued ideals of people with mental disorders by supporting and integrating them into everyday life.
The Home offers its clients single, double or more bed rooms, according to the interest of the clients and the seriousness and scope of his/her disorder. In the Houses on the hillside accommodations, there is privacy (including separate sanitary facilities) for each inhabitant.
A full range of meals in the Home is provided according to the proper laws and with consideration for the individual needs of the clients, including special diets. The clients are encouraged to be independent with diet choice and to take part in preparing and serving their own meals. This is also the part of the supported accommodation system.
Assistance in everyday personal care and hygiene and complementary services for personal hygiene
Individual assistance in everyday personal hygiene is provided according to specific needs of the clients and focuses on developing independence and self-sufficiency in these areas. There are barber, hairdresser, manicure and pedicure services provided within the Home facilities. Clients also have the opportunity to use these services outside the Home.
The Home at the foot of Žampach castle also offers compulsory education including pre-school. This is organized mainly through the following institutions: Kindergarten in Písečná village, the Special Elementary School in Ústí nad Orlicí (that also directly provides two classes in Žampach) and in the Vocational Training and Practical School in Žamberk.
Furthermore, a development of knowledge and skills is implemented by Snoezelen centre, which specializes in activity-based social learning. Within its
facilities, the clients can enjoy privacy and also benefit from musicotherapy, logopaedia (speachtherapy) and canisterapia.
The Home itself also offers the clients job opportunities in specialized centres such as:
The candle workshop focuses on the production of aromatic candles and decorative things.
Hipotherapy is a special activity for those clients with more serious health disorders, which involves leisure-time horse-riding.
The Home at the foot of Žampach castle also offers a wide range of other cultural, physical and leisure-time activities, where the participation is voluntary and depends on the interest and abilities of the clients. Some of these activities include sport, music, singing and movement as well as leisure-time cooking, needlework, hiking and swimming. These are organized outside the Home and involve various public institutions.
The Home also runs and organizes the dancing group Ginko, who represent the institution through their public performances.
The Sport club Radost Žampach is an officially registered club in the institution organizing special Olympic Games and, furthermore, also organizes the National wandering ball tournament, held in Dřevěnice u Jičína every year.
Social counselling, which is the part of the basic activities and done by a specialist from the Home helps the clients become aware of and to solve unfavourable situations.
Assistance in claiming the Rights, justified claims and personal administration
In accordance with the standards for the quality of social welfare, the clients are assisted in personal administration, such as fulfilling individual goals and making official complaints. They are also encouraged to claim their Human Rights and enforce justified claims.
All our specialists have trustworthy and reliable approaches when assisting clients at the Home.
Health care including nursing, rehabilitative and preventive care
Health care including nursing, rehabilitative and preventive care is offered within the range of Czech public health insurance and in accordance with the clients´ individual needs (by either medical assistants in the Home or other specialized health institutions).
Personal contact within the social environment is an integral part of all provided support and care at the Home. The clients are encouraged to maintain personal relations with their family and friends and to participate in leisure activities and independent visits outside the Home.
The Chateau premises, is opened to public all year long and is a place hosting many famous cultural and physical activities. The main goal is to arrange personal contacts within these social environments. An annual long distance hiking and cycling trip “Over three castles” is the most popular one in the region.
The National wandering ball tournament, held in Dřevěnice u Jičína, the fair of Saint Bartholomew as well as the Christmas concerts and the live Nativity Scene performance along with other events and activities, all help fulfil the mission statement of this institution.
The Home at the foot of Žampach castle increases local tourism with its Tourist Information Centre and Žampach Arboretum. The aim of these facilities is to create opportunity for the personal contact between the clients and their social environment.
The ruins of the Gothic Žampach castle, the Baroque Chapel of St. Bartholomew as well as the Chateau footbridge (situated in one of the three large parts of the landscaped park, which is currently registered as the part of Žampach Arboretum), are the main sights of interest for tourists.
The Žampach Arboretum is a protected cultural heritage site and is a legal member of the Union of Botanical Gardens in the Czech Republic.
Approximately 500 plants and cultivars of woody plants, which are easily identifiable through a provided information system and scenic tour, are grown and cultivated on 4 hectares of surrounding land.
The care of these historical and natural places of interest is an integral part of clients´ activities.
Future development, perspectives and visions include not only investment projects focusing on evolution of and further humanization of already provided services, but also concentrate on changes in the requirements of the focus group and the range of services offered.
Encouraging the clients to integrate with the ordinary social environment and ongoing construction and development of the institution, still remains the mission statement of the Home at the foot of Žampach.
The Czech Republic – Pardubice region
- from Letohrad to west through Písečná village
- from Žamberk to south through Písečná village
- from Ústí nad Orlicí to north through Hnátnice village
- from České Libchavy to east (junction from Ústí nad Orlicí – Vamberk direction)
Letohrad (6 km), Žamberk (5 km), Hnátnice (6 km), Ústí nad Orlicí (12 km)
Further information and enquiries about services can be addressed during personal visits or are available via the following contacts
Address: Domov pod hradem Žampach
564 01 Žamberk
fixed line – director of the institution: +420 465 635 220
mobile phone – director of the institution: +420 603 878 659
Bank connection – the number of the account for financial donations (CZK):
Sort code: 0600
Constant symbol: 308
Variable symbol: 111
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Qui sommes-nous ?LE FOYER SOUS LE CHÂTEAU DE ŽAMPACH
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