The Benefits of Swimming for the Elderly

As we get older, maintaining an active lifestyle becomes increasingly important for both physical and mental well-being. One of the most effective and enjoyable forms of exercise for the elderly is swimming. At Simblija Care Home, we are dedicated to promoting the health and happiness of our residents. We are proud to offer access to our state-of-the-art indoor hydrotherapy pool at Revive Physio, located conveniently within our premises. Residents can experience the myriad benefits of swimming and hydrotherapy by booking a session in our specialised facility.

Physical Health Benefits

  1. Low-Impact Exercise: Swimming is a low-impact activity that is gentle on the joints. The buoyancy of water supports the body, reducing stress on bones and joints, which is particularly beneficial for individuals with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions. This makes swimming an ideal exercise for seniors who may have difficulty with high-impact activities such as running or aerobics.
  2. Cardiovascular Health: Engaging in regular swimming sessions helps improve cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart and enhancing circulation. This can lead to better blood pressure control, reduced risk of heart disease, and overall improved heart function.
  3. Muscle Strength and Flexibility: The resistance provided by water helps to build and strengthen muscles. Swimming engages multiple muscle groups, leading to improved flexibility. This is crucial for maintaining mobility and reducing the risk of falls and injuries among the elderly.
  4. Weight Management: Swimming is an effective way to burn calories and manage weight. For elderly individuals, maintaining a healthy weight is important for reducing the strain on joints and preventing various health issues associated with obesity.

Mental Health Benefits

  1. Stress Reduction: The soothing nature of water and the rhythmic movement of swimming can have a calming effect, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. The serene environment of our indoor hydrotherapy pool at Revive Physio offers a peaceful retreat for residents to unwind and relax.
  2. Improved Sleep: Regular physical activity, such as swimming, can improve sleep quality. Better sleep contributes to overall well-being and can enhance cognitive function, mood, and energy levels.
  3. Social Interaction: Swimming sessions provide an opportunity for social interaction with fellow residents. Building and maintaining social connections is vital for mental health, reducing feelings of loneliness, and fostering a sense of community.

Unique Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy, which combines the therapeutic benefits of warm water and gentle exercise, is especially beneficial for the elderly. The warm water in our hydrotherapy pool at Revive Physio helps to relax muscles, reduce pain, and improve circulation. This can be particularly advantageous for individuals recovering from surgery or those dealing with chronic pain conditions.

Accessing Our Hydrotherapy Pool

Residents of Simblija Care Home can easily access the indoor hydrotherapy pool at Revive Physio. To ensure a personalised and safe experience, booking is required for each session. This allows our trained staff to prepare the pool and provide any necessary assistance, ensuring that each resident receives the full benefit of their time in the water.

How to Book a Session

Booking a session at the hydrotherapy pool is a straightforward process. Residents or their family members can contact our front desk reception directly. Our friendly staff will assist with scheduling a convenient time and answer any questions about the hydrotherapy services.

At Simblija Care Home, our indoor hydrotherapy pool at Revive Physio provides a safe, therapeutic environment where residents can enjoy these benefits. We encourage all our residents to take advantage of this wonderful facility and experience the revitalising effects of swimming during their golden years.

For more information please get in touch today!


AX Care Announces AX Group’s Sponsorship for ALIVE2024

AX Care is proud to announce that AX Group has sponsored ALIVE Charity Foundation’s ALIVE2024 Cycling Challenge for Cancer Research. This partnership underscores AX Group’s unwavering commitment to supporting noble causes that significantly impact the local community. During one of their most recent training sessions, our General Manager, Natasha Azzopardi, greeted the cyclists to present our sponsorship and wish them luck on their ventures.

Through this sponsorship, AX Group aims to provide essential resources that will help ALIVE Charity Foundation in their quest to fund cancer research and support cancer patients. Our commitment to this cause is a testament to our corporate philosophy of giving back to the community and supporting health and well-being initiatives.



About ALIVE Charity Foundation

ALIVE Charity Foundation is dedicated to supporting cancer research and providing aid to those affected by this relentless disease. Through various initiatives, ALIVE aims to contribute to the search for a cure and offer much-needed support to cancer sufferers and their families.

The ALIVE2024 Cycling Challenge

As part of its latest fundraising efforts, ALIVE Charity Foundation has launched the ALIVE2024 Cycling Challenge for Cancer Research. This monumental event will take place between 21st June and 27th June, 2024, spanning three countries: Italy, France, and Spain. The challenge will cover an impressive 1200 KM and 700 meters of vertical elevation. Starting from Milan, their dedicated fund-raising cyclists will traverse the picturesque landscapes of France before reaching their final destination in Girona, Spain.

For more information about the ALIVE2024 Cycling Challenge and how you can contribute, please visit ALIVE Charity Foundation’s website.

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Discover Simblija’s Short-Term Care Summer Offer

Have you ever found yourself in need of a breather amidst the demands of caregiving? At Simblija Care Home, we have the perfect solution for you – short-term residential stays for a moment of respite for caregivers and, or the individuals receiving care.

Simblija which is set in a serene and picturesque location in Naxxar, provides a safe environment by providing compassionate and clinically optimal care.  And what more, it does not stop there, Simblija also offers delicious dining through an array of carefully prepared dishes from our Chef and his team, comfort through our state-of-the-art facilities, and pure enjoyment when participating in our vibrant activities.

What exactly does respite care entail?

Whether you seek a well-deserved break or face unforeseen circumstances, our respite care services provide peace of mind.

Respite care comprises a brief getaway, lasting anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Although you will often feel guilty about having such needs, we would like to encourage you to think of yourself,  taking a break is not a sign of neglect. It is a vital act of self-care, safeguarding both your physical and mental well-being, and ensuring you are equipped to provide your loved ones with the best possible care in the long run.

When should you consider respite?

  1. Caregiver burnout: Take a crucial pause to recharge while maintaining quality care.
  2. Special occasions: Do not let caregiving duties hinder your presence at important events.
  3. Social isolation: Respite care introduces opportunities for engagement and stimulation.
  4. Emergencies: Respite care offers a reliable solution during critical moments.
  5. Trial periods: To make informed decisions, experience life in a care home on a short-term basis.

Why should you consider Simblija for respite?

At Simblija, our trained and compassionate care team, compromising of nurses, nursing assistants, senior carers, carers and physiotherapists, provides high-quality personalised care, and support for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all our residents. And thanks to our Activity Coordinator, our residents always have something to look forward to, whether an exciting excursion, indoor craft session, bingo or afternoon tea, our activities have been organised with our residents in mind.

Every aspect of Simblija Care Home’s architecture and amenities have been thoughtfully considered, from well-appointed private rooms to communal spaces designed for relaxation and socialising. Our commitment to creating an environment that fosters well-being is further exemplified by our beautiful gardens, providing residents with opportunities for peaceful strolls and moments of tranquillity.  At Simblija, you can enjoy a relaxing dip in our indoor hydrotherapy pool or engage in personalised exercises at Revive, our physio and aquatic therapy centre. Share quality time with loved ones over a delectable meal at The Orchard restaurant. Additionally, we provide access to our outdoor swimming pool, library, gym, and spa to support your well-being. For your spiritual needs, we have a Chapel where our own dedicated Chaplain conducts mass on a daily basis.

And with summer approaching, we are excited to offer exclusive savings on dependent respite care plans. For a limited time, you can enjoy up to 10 free days of the Simblija experience, when booking a short-term dependent respite care plan from May to August 2024. This offer is inclusive of compassionate care, culinary delights prepared by our in-house kitchen brigade, and vibrant activities. Early reservations are encouraged to secure your loved one’s care. The offer is available for a limited number of beds.

We invite families to embrace this opportunity and provide their loved ones with an unforgettable experience filled with exceptional care, delightful dining, modern facilities, and a rich calendar of engaging activities.

Book your 1-to-1 viewing today!  Call our sales team on 2235 1000.

Simblija Care Home’s Approach to Dementia Support

As loved ones get older, their needs may evolve, particularly for those grappling with dementia. At times, the transition to a residential care home becomes a necessary step to ensure their safety and well-being. Simblija Care Home understands the complexities families face when considering this pivotal decision. With a commitment to excellence in dementia care, Simblija offers a sanctuary of support through its Butterfly Memory Support Unit (BMSU).

Our BMSU has been specially designed with dementia care in mind. The ward provides a safe and welcoming environment for residents with brightly lit spaces and sensory interiors that stimulate memory and encourage independence. Conveniently situated on the ground floor, residents are free to safely explore the surrounding landscaped grounds to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Our monitoring system ensures they are safe at all times.

Understanding the Need for Specialised Care

The decision to move a family member with dementia into a care home can stem from various factors. Often, their needs may escalate as dementia progresses, necessitating around-the-clock supervision and specialised attention. Additionally, after a crisis such as a hospital admission, or when home caregivers can no longer provide adequate support, the transition to a care home becomes imperative.

Simblija Care Home takes pride in its dedication to providing a safe, nurturing environment for individuals with dementia. The Butterfly Memory Support Unit is meticulously designed to cater to the unique needs of residents, offering specialised care and support tailored to their cognitive and emotional requirements. Within this unit, residents find solace in a space where their dignity is upheld, and their well-being is paramount.

Guiding Families Through the Decision-Making Journey

Choosing the right care home can be overwhelming for families. Simblija Care Home aims to ease this process by providing guidance and support every step of the way. We empower families to make informed decisions that prioritise the well-being of their loved ones.

When visiting Simblija Care Home, families can expect a warm welcome and an atmosphere of quality care and concern. Our dedicated staff members are not only highly trained in dementia care but also deeply committed to forming meaningful connections with residents. We encourage families to engage with our community, fostering open communication and trust.

Supporting Families Through the Transition

We understand that the transition to a care home can evoke complex emotions for families. Simblija Care Home recognises the importance of self-care for caregivers and encourages families to prioritise their well-being as they navigate this journey.

Embracing Change with Compassion

Simblija Care Home is more than just a place of residence; it’s a community built on compassion, respect, and dignity. We embrace the journey of ageing with empathy and understanding, ensuring that every individual entrusted to our care receives the support and attention they deserve. At Simblija, families can find solace in knowing their loved ones are in capable and caring hands.

As you consider the next steps in your loved one’s journey, we invite you to explore the unparalleled support and care offered at Simblija Care Home. Together, we can navigate this transition with compassion and grace, ensuring the best possible quality of life for your loved one and peace of mind for your family.

Our Activity Coordinator’s Role in Fostering Happiness at Simblija Care Home, Naxxar, Malta

Our Activity Coordinator’s Role in Fostering Happiness at Simblija Care Home

At Simblija Care Home, Fiona Debattista serves as the beacon of joy and community for our residents. As our Activity Coordinator at Simblija, Fiona’s dedication lies in ensuring that each resident experiences a fulfilling and vibrant life within our premises. Her commitment transcends event planning; it is about fostering inclusivity and enriching the lives of our residents. With a genuine fondness for the elderly, Fiona embraces the opportunity to learn from their wisdom while curating activities tailored to their needs and preferences.

From bingo sessions to themed events, Fiona organises a diverse range of activities aimed at nurturing the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical well-being of our residents in our nursing home. She is the driving force behind the scenes, tirelessly reaching out to the local community to provide our residents with new experiences. Fiona meticulously personalises each activity to ensure every resident feels valued and involved, actively seeking feedback to ensure inclusivity.

Moreover, Fiona understands the importance of community engagement, organising outings across Malta and inviting external visitors to enrich the residents’ experiences and foster connections beyond the care home. Working closely with the care team and other staff members, Fiona coordinates activities to provide fun and exciting experiences for our residents at Simblija Care Home.

Nature outings also hold a special place in Fiona’s agenda, recognising the therapeutic benefits of outdoor activities. Whether it is a boat trip or a picnic, Fiona ensures residents can reconnect with nature, fostering a sense of well-being and tranquility. Continuously seeking new ideas and activities, Fiona ensures that our residents always have something fresh and exciting to look forward to, keeping their spirits high.

Amidst the daily hustle, Fiona finds her greatest joy in the smiles of our residents. Whether it is a simple greeting or a birthday celebration, witnessing their happiness is the ultimate reward for her tireless efforts. At Simblija Care Home, we can prioritise community and well-being, thanks to Fiona’s unwavering dedication.

To learn more about how Simblija Care Home can provide peace of mind for your loved ones, contact us today. Let us be your partner in ensuring the well-being and happiness of your cherished family members.


Enriching Pet Visits at Simblija Care Home

At Simblija Care Home, nestled in the heart of Naxxar, our commitment to providing premium care extends beyond conventional methods, reaching into the realm of animal-assisted therapy, or as we fondly call it, pet therapy.

For centuries, animals have served as faithful companions, bringing joy and comfort to countless individuals. However, their role goes far beyond mere companionship; it extends into the realm of healing. At Simblija Care Home, we have harnessed the profound benefits of pet therapy to enhance the well-being of our residents.

Studies have shown that interaction with animals can lead to a significant decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. The gentle presence of our furry friends at Simblija has a soothing effect on our residents, promoting relaxation and tranquillity. One of the most remarkable aspects of pet therapy is its ability to elevate mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. The simple act of stroking a dog or cuddling a cat can release endorphins, often referred to as “feel-good” hormones, which promote feelings of happiness and well-being.

Pets also have an innate ability to help individuals relax, which can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing physical pain, which is the case for those post-op residents who have recently undergone surgery. By providing a source of comfort and distraction, animals contribute to a sense of ease and relief, helping to alleviate discomfort.

In addition to physical pain, pet therapy has been shown to ease emotional pain and reduce anxiety. The unconditional love and non-judgmental companionship offered by animals creates a safe space for our residents to express themselves freely and find solace in moments of distress.

Animals have a remarkable ability to bridge social barriers and foster connections between individuals. At Simblija Care Home, interactions with furry friends serve as catalysts for socialisation, encouraging residents to engage with one another and forge meaningful relationships.

Throughout this month, we have organised several dog visits to further enhance the well-being of our residents. Spearheaded by our dedicated Activity Coordinator, Fiona Debattista, these visits have brought immeasurable joy and companionship to our home. Fiona’s tireless efforts ensure that our residents have frequent opportunities to experience the therapeutic benefits of interacting with animals. Our dedicated care teams have gone above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of our residents’ lives is filled with love, comfort, and enrichment. Pet therapy is just one example of how we continuously strive to provide innovative and holistic care that nourishes the body, mind, and soul.

As we continue to uphold our commitment to providing premium care, we remain dedicated to exploring innovative avenues for enhancing the quality of life for our residents. Through the simple joys of pet therapy, we create moments of warmth, laughter, and companionship, ensuring that every day at Simblija Care Home is filled with love and comfort.

A Heartwarming St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Simblija Care Home

St. Patrick’s Day at Simblija Care Home was a heart-warming occasion, made possible by the efforts of our wonderful Activity Coordinator, Fiona Debattista, and the support of our dedicated Care and Kitchen teams. Together, they ensured our residents experienced the charm of Irish culture right within our home.

In the days leading up to St Patrick’s Day, Fiona organised special craft sessions where residents got to experience making shamrock decorations and St. Patrick’s Day cards. These activities brought everyone together, fostering a greater sense of community among our residents.

Our Kitchen brigade worked diligently to prepare a variety of themed treats, including green-themed cakes and Bailey’s shots. Their culinary expertise ensured our residents felt pampered and cared for throughout the celebration.



Beyond the decorations and treats, the day was made special by the companionship and laughter shared among residents. Gathering in the dining room and communal areas where they experienced Irish music playing in the background, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

As we reflect on our St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we are grateful for Fiona Debattista and our dedicated teams for their hard work and dedication. Their commitment to creating meaningful experiences for our residents is truly appreciated. Here’s to more moments of joy and camaraderie at Simblija Care Home!

Get in touch today to learn more.

Located in the heart of Naxxar, Malta, Simblija Care Home offers a warm and inviting environment for our residents. Situated amidst serene surroundings, our home provides a peaceful retreat where residents can enjoy comfort, companionship, and personalised care. Discover why we are the premium and private care home of choice of so many.


A home that respects your individuality & independence

Everyone reaches a stage in life where balancing independence with the need for care, companionship, and safety becomes crucial. The decision to consider a move into a care home is a significant one, and at Simblija Care Home, we recognise the importance of making that choice with utmost care and consideration. Our goal is always to create a welcoming home for anyone seeking a supportive environment, regardless of their level of independence. Our friendly and well-trained staff can assist with various tasks, from medical needs to everyday chores, making daily life easier and more comfortable.

Over the years, we have helped many find a comfortable and independent lifestyle within our community in Naxxar, providing a new home that not only aligns with their lifestyle but also respects their individuality and desire to live life on their terms.  

In fact, at Simblija, personalised care is at the core of our philosophy. It begins with your room, a space we encourage you to make truly your own by adding cherished belongings and meaningful keepsakes to ensure you feel right at home. We understand the importance of creating a space that reflects your unique personality and we want to make sure your room is a comforting space filled with the things that matter most to you. And if you need a hand with this, our team is here to assist in moving your belongings from your old home into your new one.

We also appreciate that good food is the cornerstone of a good life. Here at Simblija, our kitchen team takes pride in crafting delicious, highly nutritious meals using the freshest ingredients. Whether it’s catering to personal tastes, accommodating food allergies, or adhering to dietary restrictions, we’re committed to ensuring your dining experience is both delightful and nourishing.

Simblija offers you a home filled with a wealth of options at your fingertips. You can enjoy a relaxing dip in our hydrotherapy pool or engage in personalised exercises at Revive, our physio centre. Share quality time with loved ones over a delectable meal at The Orchard restaurant. Additionally, we provide access to our library, gym, and spa to support your well-being. And for your spiritual needs, we have a Chapel where our dedicated Chaplain conducts daily mass.

But that’s not all, Simblija is more than just a residence; it’s a vibrant community that thrives on social connections and an active lifestyle. That’s why we put great effort into creating a diverse schedule of activities and excursions for our residents stimulating them physically, mentally and emotionally, ensuring their days are enriched with meaningful experiences and connections, fostering a healthy and fulfilling life.

We acknowledge that making this move can be a tough decision. That’s why we’re here to support you every step of the way. To truly understand if Simblija Care Home is the right fit for you, we encourage you to pay us a visit. Come and experience first-hand who we are and what we stand for. A warm tour of our home awaits you, where we can discuss your living options tailored to your individual needs.

Celebrating the Festive Season Together at Simblija

The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on all the memories and good times shared together. And at Simblija, we are truly thankful that 2023 was a joyous time for our community. As the magical festive season is upon us, we invite you to join us in celebrating the countless highlights we have shared over the past year.

At Simblija, we understand the importance of creating a vibrant and engaging community for our residents. That’s why we have introduced a new addition to our dedicated team – Fiona Debattista, our Activity Coordinator. Fiona has had an incredible impact on all our residents, enriching their lives with a wide array of activities and experiences that have brought joy and fulfillment to every one of them.

Our residents have consistently expressed their desire to mix and mingle with people from outside the community, fostering connections and embracing new experiences. To meet this need, in October, we introduced our first-ever event designed to encourage new friendships. The event was a resounding success, as it brought residents and visitors from the local community together.

Now, as the holiday season is here, we have a plethora of exciting activities planned that will ensure that the festive season is one filled with warmth and cheer.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for this festive season at Simblija:

  • Christmas Gingerbread Man Baking Competition
  • Christmas Movies Afternoons
  • Festive Chair Dance
  • Christmas Carol Sing-Along
  • Festive Entertainment and More

For those seeking respite and not wishing to be alone during the festive season, Simblija is here to offer the perfect solution. Our around-the-clock care, full board accommodation, and extensive activity selection will make you feel right at home.

For more information, kindly give us a call on 2235 1000 or send an email at [email protected].

The Importance of Quality Healthcare & Residency for Senior Citizens in Malta

As the population in Malta ages, there is a growing need for high-quality healthcare and residency services tailored to the unique needs of senior citizens. AX Care is at the forefront of addressing these requirements with a comprehensive, holistic approach to senior care, available at both Simblija Care Home and Hilltop Gardens Retirement Village.

Malta is witnessing a significant shift in demographics. The proportion of elderly individuals in the population is steadily increasing. The latest regional statistics released by the NSO revealed that the elderly population in Malta has experienced its most significant increase between 2011 and 2021. Simultaneously, the birth rate has slowed down, resulting in a demographic shift where there are approximately three working-age adults for every elderly person aged 65 or older. This demographic shift necessitates a fundamental re-evaluation of how we care for our senior citizens.

AX Care understands the significance of this changing landscape and has taken the initiative to address this specifically. At the heart of our commitment is the provision of the highest standards of residential care on the island. This achievement is made possible by our dedicated, multidisciplinary team, which coordinates and oversees all the health and care needs of our residents.

Our team comprises highly qualified healthcare professionals, including nurse assistants, carers, in-house physiotherapists, medical doctors, and our activity coordinator. By working collaboratively, we bring a wealth of expertise and specialist skills to assess, plan, and manage the wellbeing of our residents, ensuring a holistic approach to care.

In addition to this, our extended a tissue viability nurse, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, and nutritionists. This collaborative medical and allied healthcare professional approach ensures that long-term care planning is resident and family-centered. At the core of this multidisciplinary team is the resident themselves, and our primary goal is to meet all their needs holistically.

In cases where residents require specialised attention, we draw upon the expertise of our external colleagues and practitioners. This approach enables us to confidently refer residents to the specialised medical care they need when conditions demand it.

Simblija Care Home and Hilltop Gardens Retirement Village are proud to offer a comprehensive suite of services aimed at providing senior citizens with a comfortable, dignified, and enjoyable living experience. At AX Care, we recognise the evolving needs of Malta’s ageing population and are committed to addressing these needs with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare and residency services. Our dedication to providing high-quality care is a testament to our commitment to ensuring that every senior citizen in our care enjoys a life of comfort, dignity, and well-being. We stand as a beacon of excellence in senior care in Malta, and our services reflect our unwavering dedication to our residents and their families.