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Nursing Care Service at Public Bath

Nursing Care Service at Public Bath


There are five pubic baths (called ‘sento’ in Japanese) in Kamakura City. The City uses the baths to provide seniors’ day-care services called “Day Sento” twice a month during weekday mornings. Older adults of 65 and over can use this service for 300 yen each time, which includes the fee for the bath.

Each user receives a simple health check-up including blood pressure monitoring, and guidance on safe and effective bathing. They can also join an easy exercise programme led by a gymnastics instructor at the public bath, and even get a massage by a qualified on-site professional. This program is very popular among older people, as they can take a refreshing bath after working out.

Participating in the “Day Sento” programme helps relax people’s mind and body, which helps them regain their well-being, and helps prevent disease and dependence on nursing care. This service also gives older people an opportunity to go out and socialize in their community.

Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Health, Housing, Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Contact details

Name: Kyoko Abe

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