Located in the Netherlands, a care facility called Hogewey is the only one in the world of its kind. Over 150 people live there and they all have these things in common: they all suffer severe dementia, they require 24-hour-a-day care and they will all call Hogewey their last home.
Hogewey is also known as ‘Dementia Village’ because residents who live there lead a seemingly normal life, despite the fact that there are twice as many caregivers as residents and the residents are being watched at all times. Dementia Village is home to everything, from a grocery store to a hair salon.
There is only one way out of Dementia Village: one door that is locked and under 24 hr surveillance, making the facility safe for wandering residents. If a resident of Hogewey approaches the door a caretaker will suggest that this door is locked and perhaps they could look for a different door.
Residents are free to roam around, visiting shops, getting their hair done or being active in one of the 25 clubs available at Hogewey. As well as the psychological benefits this provides, staying active also improves general physical health. The residents here take fewer medications, eat better and live longer. And although joy is a hard thing to measure, the staff at Hogewey think their residents are more content on a day to day to basis.
By the year 2030, 65 million people are expected to have dementia and almost 100 million people by 2050.
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