Residencia Fort Pienc, Barcelona

Antonio Gil, Social Educator
 “The company and warmth are very important for the residents to the accompanying, as a part of the great family of Fort Pienc.”
Residencia Fort Pienc, Barcelona
How long have you been working in the Residential Home?

Since 2007


What is the Fort Pienc residential home like?

Its main characteristic is that it's a large home, which is an advantage, as it means that there are a lot of resources available (both staff and materials) but it can also be a drawback, as we have to care for a lot of people at every level.


What is the main difference between this residential home and the rest?

Apart from that, I think the fact that it is a public institution, which makes it possible to have a much closer philosophy of care for the persons who live here.


The Residential Home recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, how did you mark the event?

The celebration of the 10th anniversary was a festive day to the max, as it was held on 23 April, coinciding with Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day). The party was held on the residence's terrace, which was suitably decorated for the occasion, with the participation of families, volunteers and representatives of the Foundation, with a full programme.

We started in the morning in the most festive of fashions, with Los Marxosos de Sta.  Coloma, which was followed by the exchange of books and roses, sent by the Foundation, and then a book signing by the author. FCC volunteers also presented a gift which they had prepared themselves, as well as taking part in the presentation of the books and roses to all of the residents, including those who, due to their condition, were unable to come to the terrace.

We then shared a cool drink and in the afternoon we continued the celebration on the terrace with a poetry reading by the author Athane accompanied by two guitarists. The musicians also played some pieces of classical guitar and some of their own compositions.

It was a very intense day and as has become customary, it was only possible thanks to the commitment of a great team of professional residence staff with the support of volunteers from FCC, the Foundation and family members.



Can you tell us what a typical 24-hour period is like in the Residence?

Long and complex. All of the little things that can crop up in a home also happen here, but multiplied by the number of people who reside here. And what might be deemed permissible in a regular home cannot be permitted here.


What do you like most about your work?

Long and complex. All of the little things that can crop up in a home also happen here, but multiplied by the number of people who reside here. And what might be deemed permissible in a regular home cannot be permitted here.



What do you like most about your work?

Once again, dealing with people. Sometimes there are people who say to me "I couldn't do the work you do." In my case, what I would find impossible to do would be to work in a factory.


How would you rate the contribution of the Fundación Esther Koplowitz to this project?

On the material side, it is a crucial contribution, that is to say the building itself, without which the project, as it is now, would not exist. But I would prefer to go further than that and for me what counts above all is the spiritual contribution, which also has a material form, as they accompany us along many milestones in the life of the residence, such as anniversaries, Christmas or with the volunteers, without going further afield.


Could you tell us something about the support you get from the FCC volunteers?

As one of those in charge of this here at the Residence, I believe it is an invaluable contribution. We can divide it into two large blocks: the concrete activities such as talks and shows, which are more sporadic but remain in the memory, and the weekly visits by the volunteers. If I had to choose, I would take the latter, since the companionship and human warmth are extremely important for the residents who get the benefit of companions, as one more part of the big family here at Fort Pienc.

Fortunately, I don't have to make that choice.


Within this support, what activity do the seniors enjoy most?

As I said, they remember the "big" activities more, like the performers you have sent us, or the talks on matters that interest them, because they reach the vast majority. However, the companionship of the volunteers has a much deeper impact on the persons who take part.



Is there any story you would like to share with us?

One of my jobs is to prepare the multi-purpose room where mass is celebrated, to inform the residents and accompany those residents who wish to attend.

A lady who was admitted recently referred to me for some time as "the Sacristan" for that reason.


Any unforgettable memory?

Possibly...one day when I was delivering a workshop, I succeeded in getting a lady with a very acute cognitive impairment to take an active part, something she never did (and never did again). It was only for a little over a quarter of an hour, but I believe that as well as the interaction, she had a pleasant time.

Social info.

She passed away shortly thereafter. That sums up the nature of our work.

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