Inside the Dutch ‘dementia village’ that offers beer, bingo, and top-notch healthcare

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
of bingo.

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.

Here’s what life is like inside Hogeweyk’s walls.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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