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Creating a hydrotherapy centre in Bratislava

  • With support from the EEA and Norway Grants, the Bratislava self-governing region has developed a hydrotherapy centre to improve its therapeutic services for disabled children and adults.

    Hydrotherapy, which involves the use of water for pain-relief and treating illness, is known as an effective way of rehabilitation for both physically and mentally disabled persons.

    On 25 June 2010, the Bratislava self-governing region marked the official opening of the first complex hydrotherapy centre in Bratislava, made possible by €1.8 million in support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The centre is located at the social service home Gaudeaums and now offers three modern swimming pools.

    In addition to increasing the quality of life for people with mental, physical or multiple disabilities, post-traumatic conditions or autistic diagnosis, the new center aims to be a place for social integration. A key part of the project is that hydrotherapy will be provided in swimming pools that are open to the public.

    Photo: Bratislava self-governing region

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    Project title:

    Complex Hydrotherapy Centre in the City of Bratislava

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project duration:

    21 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,172,980

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    30 July 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to create a hydrotherapy centre at the Gaudeamus Social Service Home (DSS Gaudeamus) to improve the quality of therapeutic service provision of disabled children and adults in Bratislava, with the overall objective to improve health service provision in Slovakia. Reference is made to the application dated 1July 2008 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - construction works of the therapy centre including two swimming pools at the DSS Gaudeamus (Mokrohajska 3, Bratislava; parcel of register: 2575/1);

    - purchase of therapeutic devices and equipment ;

    - management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Bratislava Self-Governing Region. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Primary School in Havírov.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Slovak Government shall provide at least 15 percent of the total estimated eligible Project costs.