De Hogeweyk is a residential area in the Netherlands for the elderly with severe dementia, offering them an opportunity to lead a better and more active daily life than in an ordinary care home. The idea of the care village came about in 1992. In 2008 it was opened, offering its residents a lifestyle resembling the one they had before the illness. The house’s decoration comes in seven different themes like crafts, culture, religion, and urban, ranging from the 50s to the 80s styles. While the residents still require care 24/7, they live with no locks within the village and minimal medication. The residents can do activities like shopping, cooking, and going to the hairdresser, instead of only watching TV while waiting for medication and meals as they would do in an ordinary care home.

Artist: Julia Nascimento

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