Respite/Therapy Trips

e.g. Dead Sea – Jordan

Respite literally means a period of rest or relief. For the purposes of this project, the recipient of the respite care is the skin disease patient. The respite care will release the patient from the trappings of their every day environment. It will remove the feelings of imprisonment, isolation and exclusion from society. Although respite care is usually recreational and does not include therapy or treatment, this project purposefully includes these elements. This because of the unique special properties and efficacy of the treatment available at the Spa in Jordan.

The primary purposes and outcomes of the respite care offered by this project are to help skin disease sufferers:

  • Get treatment for their condition and general wellness;
  • Learn techniques that help them manage their condition;
  • Meet other skin disease sufferers, develop peer support and improve well being;
  • Have fun and improve their quality of life; and
  • Provide caregivers temporary relief from their care responsibilities.

The project will provide recipients (in groups of 12 to 15) with all expenses paid trips (flights, accommodation, food, beverage, treatments and activities), of up to four weeks, to the Dead Sea, near Amman in Jordan.

The Dead Sea

Containing over 30% minerals and salts that are beneficial to the skin, the Dead Sea is unique. Other seas and oceans generally have a concentration of less than 4%. It is the natural elements of the brines which give the water its curative powers. As its name suggests, the extreme high content of salt and minerals means the Dead Sea is unable to sustain marine life. The area has low humidity and reduced harmful UVB rays (Sunlight has a profound effect on the skin causing premature skin aging, skin cancer, and a host of skin changes. Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB from sunlight accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging).

The sun’s harmful ultra violet rays are filtered through multiple atmospheric layers allowing for longer periods in the sun with reduced risks to the skin. This unique phenomenon can only be experienced on the shores of the Dead Sea and nowhere else in the world. It is this unique blend of elements of nature and life that give the Dead Sea an unmatched harmonious balance.

The skin therapy centre uses “climatotherapy” at the Dead Sea as an effective therapy for patients with skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and acne who benefit from sunbathing for long periods in the area due to its position below sea level and subsequent result that many of the sun’s harmful UV rays are reduced.

Medicated Dead Sea Mud Therapy is also used to treat chronic skin conditions, which is completely tailored to patients’ individual skin needs. The warm mud is applied to the body and left on for a period of time, before being washed off in a hot shower. After completely drying off, a period of rest in a warm bed stimulates circulation and intensifies the detoxifying action. This aids the recovery and healing of many skin conditions. It works in two ways; acting as an anti-inflammatory on the skin and increasing resistance to disease-causing bacteria, fungi or virus to prevent reoccurrence.

Ozone Therapy and Colon-Hydro Therapy are also used to help skin conditions.

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