New ideas in dementia care include fake villages for patients of the brain disease. Find out more
Sometimes families can be torn apart while deciding how to handle certain situations regarding the care of their elders with dementia. Loving sons and daughters don't want to leave their mothers and fathers with people that they don't know in places they've never been. Some simply don't want to have to deal with the burden of taking care of their family members at home—the stress of constant maintenance becomes too much for busy average Joes.
The creators of Hogewey in the Netherlands are completely aware of the difficulties of helping those with dementia. The place is filled with fake shops and restaurants to accommodate the life style of those suffering from severe forms of the common brain disease. With more than enough caregivers to handle the patients, the care facility is home to anything from a salon to a grocery store.
This creative solution to the difficulties of caring for our precious loved ones was started by two nurses who didn't want to put their own parents in traditional homes for the elderly. Though this idea of a 'fake' village for dementia patients is still in it's infant stages, other countries such as Germany and Switzerland have already began looking into creating their own versions of the facility. This could quite possibly be the future of dementia care.