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Welfare Institute on Long-Term Care for the Aged   Midori No Sono

Facility Details

Our facility is a complex of group care and unit care with its purpose of providing individual care to customers.
We support each of our customers’ lifestyle with total care by engaging in the Three Major Care: eating, bathing, and toileting assistance.


Customer Capacity

Customer Capacity

Facility Residents  70
Short-stays           11

Behind the Unit Names…

Midori An

We decided to combine “An” (hermitage) and “Midori” (of Midori No Sono) in hopes of creating a cozy Japanese-style living atmosphere.

Himawari (Sunflower)

Like in the sunflower’s floriography or flower language which says, “my eyes see only you”, we want to watch and care closely our customers.


Asu wa hinoki no youni rippa ni narou (tomorrow we grow uprightly like the hinoki        
[Japanese) cypress]).

We named in hopes of encouraging our customers’ living motivations and for our staff to grow having the initiatives and the edge over the other unit staff.



Just like the clear blue sky (aozora), we aim to achieve a cheerful unit that gives care with a fresh feeling and a big heart at all times.



We named our unit after the starlit sky (hoshizora), wishing for our customers to be shining and smiling like the stars.

About the Three Major Care…


We strive to provide dietary assistance that motivates and boosts customer’s appetite to eat. Normal food, soft food, and smooth food are prepared accordingly to suit each customer‘s condition including taste and appearance.


Basing on data, we identify each individual’s excretion pattern in order to provide comfort in toileting.


We provide one-on-one bathing care approach that makes the customer want to entrust one’s self to be assisted in taking a bath.

The Facility Service Section’s Vision Hereafter…

“Valuing our staff’s personalities like we value our own customers’.”

We would like to generate an active time schedule that corresponds with the activities of our valuable customers. Providing a care method that values the individual time and space, meanwhile, to identify what shall be the things to be considered in acquiring a time schedule that states our duties… with such thoughts, we wish to accomplish our goals one step at a time

Life in the Facility

  In Midori No Sono, we implement these two concepts; “changing the feelings of resignation to hope” and “one’s ideal living” in our commitment to provide caregiving service that is person-centered approach to satisfy the customers’ needs and demands.
Today, our facility center is consisted of 3 groups and 2 units with living rooms and kitchens. Each unit has different home-like ambience that helps create a real sense of home and enables customers to dine, have a cup of tea, and/or perform activities while enjoying their lifestyle.


  Food can be considered as one of the pleasures of the customers. It can be said that they look forward to it. Because eating is an everyday task, and it is our wish to make our customers happy, we make sure to prepare and serve the best nutritional meals as possible. We also conduct surveys on food preferences to determine what foods are commonly left uneaten. This also helps in providing information in planning a menu based on individual needs. The menu is planned by the Dietitian team in order to provide well-balanced and nourished meals. Other alternative meals can be substituted to customers who are picky in choosing their preferred staple food such as rice, porridge, or bread.


We carry-out bathing assistance 3 times per week for each individual in order to provide everyone a relaxing bath.
For excretion, an individual data is gathered using an excretion detector device in determining the customer’s desirable time of toileting or diaper changing.


We also provide quality time for the customers to interact with each other as they spend their everyday life pleasantly.

Here in our facility, we consider our customers’ pace and lifestyle enabling them to live pleasantly without haste.

The Tactile Care

In Midori No Sono, we started introducing “Tactile Care” in 2011.

In Midori No Sono, we started introducing “Tactile Care” in 2011.
“Tactile Care” having the meaning of “Touch” is Sweden’s touch care method that was introduced in Japan in 2006.
A soft, deliberate massage on the hands, feet, and back can help relieve anxiety and pain. It is particularly effective for people with dementia (Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia or BPSD) and in soothing pains of terminal cancer patients, including various improvements on constipation, cold hands and feet, swelling of feet, and others. Satisfaction is gained through being taken good care and being accepted as an individual. Furthermore, it helps us develop a mutual understanding between our customers and provides us an increase of awareness in treating them with respect and dignity.

We are putting effort into training our own certified tactile care instructor and continue to strive hard in engaging ourselves in providing top quality service.


Facility Events

Major Annual Events in the Facility Service

January Nentō Kigan (commemoration ceremony)
February Setsubun (Bean Throwing)
March Hanami Outing (Cherry blossom viewing)
April Hanami Outing, Family Conference
May Customer Overnight Trip
June Ajisai Viewing (Japanese hydrangea flower), Hotaru (firefly) Viewing
July Tanabata Festival, Sōmen Nagashi
August Natsu Matsuri (summer festival)
September Keiro Shukugakai (Old People’s Day), Kazoku Kaigi (family conference)
October Nashigari (pear picking), Momijigari (maple leaf viewing)
November Bunkasai (cultural festival)
December Christmas & Bōnenkai (Year-end party), Soba Uchi (buckwheat making), Mochi Tsuki (sticky rice cake making)

Monthly Birthday Celebration (@ each facility units)

Seasonal Events (e.g. Hatsumoude or New Year shrine-visit)

Midori No Sono Publication 

2018 Midori No Sono News “SMILE”

2017 Midori No Sono News “SMILE”

2016 Midori No Sono News “SMILE”

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 Application for Admission

Our facility center prioritizes applicants corresponding to the guidelines of welfare institutes on long-term care for the aged in Kagoshima on the application. This is to secure transparency and equitability in modifying the applicants' admission procedures.

We have private clinic adjacent to our facility where we provide welfare and medical services for you to live peacefully.
Number of Beds

20 additional beds in April 2005 (new unit)