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Helenan vanhainkoti is a nursing home that focuses on preserving Russian Orthodox traditions. It mainly serves elderly persons who are Orthodox and/or speak Russian. Located at Hämeentie 55 in Helsinki, the nursing home was built in 1913 by the Russian Charity Association in Finland. The main building, annex and courtyard form a unique cultural-historical whole only two kilometres from downtown Helsinki.


Intensive assisted living is intended for persons who need care and help around the clock. Applications are handled by local social and contact work units of elderly services in Helsinki and Vantaa. Residents are billed for rent plus a basic fee and charges for meals and personal services.

The nursing home also rents intensive assisted living places directly to customers, though only a few of these are available. Our office will be happy to answer enquiries.

Four service building units are likewise available. Our office will be happy to answer enquiries.

We mainly have single and double rooms. Residents can also use our pleasant common rooms, sauna, gym, library and conservatory. The building has balconies and terraces as well as a spacious courtyard.


Care is arranged according to individual needs depending on residents’ age and condition. A written care and service plan is prepared for each resident. A rehabilitative approach is used with the goal of maintaining as good a quality of life as possible.


Staff are well trained and have expertise in many areas. Service is provided in Finnish, Russian and Swedish. Some of our staff members speak other languages as well, including English, German, Estonian, Latvian and French. A careperson in charge is named for each resident. Staff, relatives and volunteers work together to help residents through the day. The nursing home has its own catering unit, which pays attention to Russian culinary traditions. Our own cleaning staff keep the premises in tidy shape.