The Dementia Village, Netherlands
From ideas originally from the Netherlands a new form of dementia care is starting to emerge, treating patients by offering them an “alternative reality”.
Dementia villages aim to enable people with dementia to live independently for longer in a home environment with specialised care and support on site. The idea is that the residents in the village can live in a safe environment, which resembles a village. Indeed in a ‘dementia village’ in Switzerland it is reported that the care staff are disguised as gardeners, hairdressers and shop assistants. Whilst proponents tout dementia villages as being compassionate and kind, critics oppose the idea of creating this environment, arguing that residents are being misled.
Please watch this video about the Hogewey village, near Amsterdam and share your thoughts in the Comments.