Reflective practice

Reflections on a visit to a dementia care village

Catharine Jenkins and Analisa Smythe discuss what the UK can learn from a Dutch model of care, where residents live in an environment carefully crafted to emulate their previous lifestyles

Catharine Jenkins and Analisa Smythe discuss what the UK can learn from a Dutch model of care, where residents live in an environment carefully crafted to emulate their previous lifestyles.

Abstract

Hogewey village in Holland offers an alternative lifestyle for people with dementia. The model minimises disability and maximises wellbeing by providing a physical and social environment congruent with people’s lifestyles. Residents live with those who have shared similar previous lifestyles and take an active role in all aspects of daily life, reflecting their interests and social norms.

The village is staffed by healthcare professionals and well-supported volunteers, who promote personhood in small social groups and facilitate normal life.

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This article was published in Nursing Older People, 24 May 2013, volume 25, issue 6.

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