Residents of Hogeweyk,
a village located in Weesp, Netherlands, lead a normal life. They go to
the grocery store, complain about the weather, and enjoy a weekly game
But there’s one thing that sets the 152 residents apart from the general public: Everyone has an advanced form of dementia.
Hogeweyk is a nursing home disguised to look like the outside world.
It helps people with mild to severe dementia suffer a little bit less in
their remaining years, facility manager Eloy van Hal told Business
Insider. He said it preserves people’s sense of autonomy.
The village is comprised of 23 houses, each with six to seven
residents and a caregiver who cooks, takes people to social events,
helps them go grocery shopping at the village market, and watches over
them to ensure their safety.