They Just Wanna Have Fun (And Really, Why Not?)

By way of The Guardian, a different kind of home for people with dementia, in the Netherlands. One where the residents can actually have (gasp!) fun.

“What happened,” says Isabel van Zuthem, Hogewey’s information officer, sitting at a cafe table on the home’s wide and welcoming piazza, an ornamental fountain playing behind her, “is that back in 1992, when this was still a traditional nursing home for people with dementia – you know: six storeys, anonymous wards, locked doors, crowded dayrooms, non-stop TV, central kitchen, nurses in white coats, heavy medication – two of the staff who worked here unexpectedly lost their mothers.
“Each said to the other: Well, at least it happened quickly, and they didn’t end up here; this place is so horrible. Then they realised what they’d just said, and started to think: what kind of home would we like for a relative with dementia? Where might we want to live, maybe, one day? How would we like our life to be; what would we hope to experience?”

Read the whole article. I hope this catches on.

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2 Responses to They Just Wanna Have Fun (And Really, Why Not?)

  1. RebeccaNYC says:

    Just came home from visiting my folks in Ohio, now catching up with my blog reading. On the way to the Mall, Mom asked me “Where’s Becca? Is she coming with us?” She did not know who I was. This article is so timely.

  2. Marcellina says:

    Oh dear. I’m so sorry.

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