Materia Senior Living Community
The vision of Materia is a Beautiful Quality Life for third Age in Cyprus. Materia aim is to constantly improve the quality of life of elderly people in Cyprus. The Group's mission is to offer an integrated framework of quality care services. This is accomplished by the continuous improvement of our existing services and the continuous addition of new services.
The Values of Materia group are:
- Client-Centered approach
Materia appeals to people of the Third Age with high demands, and offer to our Customers:
- Care, Nursing and Rehabilitation Units
- Day Care Services
- Consulting Services on all aspects of the Third Age
- Educational Seminars for Foreigner Carers for the Elderly
- Cognitive Enhancement Program - Memory Center
- Physiotherapy for indoor and outdoor patients
The Philosophy of MATERIA group is respect for the individual and continuous improvment of the quality of life, avoidance of institutionalization, repsecting the needs of each individual, and the right of every individual to live creatively and with dignity by making their own choices. These principles govern the selection and training of our staff which lead to a professional, positive, helpful and responsive attitude to the problems and needs of the elderly as well as a warm and caring environment.
CARE UNITS & SERVICES
MATERIA Unit at Latsia is located just 10 minutes from the center of Nicosia. It is ideally situated since it is joined with the neighbouring Athalassas Natural Park. It has the advantage of being located behind the New Nicosia General Hospital. it is located near churches, banks, a post office and within walking distance of the Mall of Cyprus and IKEAshopping mall.
THALPORI unit is situated in a beautiful, quiet area of Archangelos, just behind the Archangelos Elementary School. It overlooks the towering trees and the school yard on a quiet street where our customers can enjoy their walk in safety and tranquility. A few meters from our building is the church of St. Mark's, where customers can visit the church whenever they wish. Also, nearby are all of the facilities needed for customers and visitors: pharmacy, kiosks, grocery stores and clothing (Midway street of Archangelos). The most important aspect of our location is thatwe are near the beautiful pedestrian of Lakatamia and Archangelos, as well as close to the small park of the area.
AKTIOS, Care and Rehabilitation Unit, Ag Paraskevi, Greece. In 2010, our Group became a shareholder and a research associate at AKTIOS Aged Care Unit in Athens, which is a unit leader in the care of patients with Alzheimer and related dementias. Our close cooperation continues since the opening of AKTIOS in 2007, in areas of scientific information and innovative applications, training of staff and development of new services.
Marina Polycarpou (Board member, Managing Director, Director of Materia Unit) is a Psychologist - Gerontologist with undergraduate and graduate studies in America and England. She is a member of Britain Gerontology Association and the American Psychological Association. She has published papers in scientific journals and participated in international conferences for gerontology. She has worked in community and private care programs in Cyprus and abroad in the last 15 years. She is also a board member of the Gerontology Research Center and of the Youth Empowerment Foundation.
Evi Palladiou (Board President, Customer Service Consultant) has studied law at the University of Athens and has recently retired from the Social Welfare Services where she worked for 30 years as a Social Worker. Her role in our company is advisory for staff issues and other topics related with her long experience in the Welfare Office.
Philios Savvides (Board Member, Coordinator of Strategic Planning and Financial Issues ) holds a degree in civil engineering and is a UK qualified chartered accountant. He worked as an accountant in England and Greece. He returned to Cyprus in 1993 and worked until recently in Bank of Cyprus. He is responsible for strategic issues, health and safety, audit and evaluation procedures of the Group. He is also a board member of the Gerontology Research Center and of the Youth Empowerment Foundation.
Stella Nicholaou (Quality Control Manager) holds a B.Tech in Nursing. She joined MATERIA in 2005 as a nurse with 25 years of practical work experience. She has worked at the Private Hospital Evangelistria, at Polyclinic in Nicosia and in many community programs for seniors. She is responsible for the control of the quality of care, for communication with our clients doctors and relatives of the clients and for the basic organization of care, hospitalization and rehabilitation in our units.
Nicos Georgiou (Accounting Officer). Graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Department of Finance and holder of LCCI Higher in Accounting. He worked at the purchasing department of the Institute of Neurology and Genetics. He works in Materia Group from September 2015.
Elena Savva (Administrative Officer). Graduate of University in Department of Education Sciences at the European University Cyprus with an MA in Learning Technologies and Communication. She worked as Administrative Officer at the University of Cyprus Kindergarten. She works at Materia Group since December 2016.
Dr. Costis Prouskas, is a psychologist with a master’s degree (MSc) in Psychological Assessment in Organizations (London Goldsmiths) and a doctorate (PhD) in Gerontology (King’s College London). He is the Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Aktios S.A.. He has worked as a Psychologist in the Elderly Care Unit Relax Palace in Marousi, and has served, for 4 years, as the Scientific Director in 2 Social Rehabilitation Units of the Non profit Organisation “Klimaka” in Corfu (Psychogeriatric Unit & Severe Mental Retardation Unit).
His research interests include ageing and dementia, family caring, the organisation and management of health and welfare units, assessment techniques and quantitative research methods. He served for 6 years as the Secretary General of the Greek Care Homes Association (P.E.M.F.I). He is a founding member of the Non Profit Organisation “50plus Hellas”. He is also the Vice President of the Athens Association of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders.
"One of the major problems of old age is loneliness. The socialization of our prominent importance, and thus we encourage participation in group activities in order to avoid feelings of depression and isolation, feelings experienced by a significant proportion of elderly people living at home with foreign domestic workers. At MATERIA the client can develop a daily contact, social and friendly relations with other people who share common experiences and interests with them."