Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are terrible illnesses that are both socially and medically tough to deal with. The Hogewey center in the Netherlands, however, is helping pioneer a sensitive new form of care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients by creating a safe, gated village where they can roam freely and lead normal lives.
The enclosed village of De Hogeweyk, located in the town of Weesp, has everything – a grocery store, parks, a restaurant, a bar and a theater. Its 23 homes house 152 seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The center, designed by the Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen architecture firm, opened in 2009. It cost the Dutch government 17.8 million euros (20.1 million USD), with an additional 1.5 million (1.7 million USD) coming from local organizations. The cost for a single resident is around 5,000 euros (5,657 USD) a month.