QUEEN Sofia of Spain inaugurated the new Joan Crespi centre for the disabled in Palma yesterday afternoon.
The Joan Crespi residence for the physically disabled has a day centre with 20 places as well as another 20 residential. The ceremony started with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the building. After this, the Queen was escorted on a tour of the centre, which has physiotherapy machines, a therapeutic swimming pool and the “lokomat”, an apparatus to help people who are severely disabled.

The architect Carlos Asensio Wandosell explained the details of the building to Queen Sofia.
Also present at the ceremony was the speaker of the Balearics, President Jaume Matas, Parliamentary Speaker, Pere Rotger, the Mayor of Palma, Catalina Cirer, the Commander in Chief of the Balearic Islands, Jose Emilio Pascual, the deputy leader of the Balearic Government, Rosa Estaras, the Balearic Minister for the President's Office, Rosa Puig, and the President of the Council of Majorca, Maria Antonia Munar. The residence has been set up to cater for those who need specific treatment for their disability. It is because of this that the residence has a large rehabilitation area, which no other centre on the islands has. It has staff for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, porters and clinical auxiliaries.

Rosa Puig recently announced that the Guttmann Institute Foundation will train the staff who will work in the residence, thanks to an agreement signed with the Balearic Government.