The facility comprises a ground floor ‘dementia village’ with six households of up to six people, each with their own front door and support care worker known as a ‘homemaker’. On the floor above there is a traditional 35-bed care home.
In its two months of operation, the Hogeweyk approach to providing has had a “hugely positive” impact on its residents with dementia, Fieldhouse said. “Individuals are coming back to what their families recognise as a person. It does not feel like a care home. It is just like going into someone’s house.”
But could this model become the standard for caring for people with severe dementia in the UK?
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