The farm for people with dementia

by Beatrice Credi - 2015.06.18
The farm for people with dementia
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Reigershoeve looks like a regular Dutch farm. Vegetables grow in raised beds, chickens lay eggs, and goats graze in the grass. But, Reigershoeve is more than a farm; it is home to 27 people living with dementia. 4 group homes surrounding a large garden accommodate 6 to 7 residents and a care attendant. Inside they enjoy a communal living room and kitchen, but can retreat to their individually furnished apartments for privacy. Residents help the care attendant with chores, cook their own meals or go for a walk when they choose. Independence is greatly encouraged. In the Netherlands, small-scale care facilities, like Reigershoeve, are providing community living for people with dementia who can no longer be cared for within their own homes. In 2012, WHO called on countries to invest in health and social systems to improve care and services for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Netherlands has been a frontrunner in developing national plans to care for the estimated 250 000 living with dementia in the country.

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