Carpe Diem Dementia Village
This case centres around dementia care and concerns the development of a ‘dementia village’ in one of Norway’s largest municipalities. The project is based on inspiration from the Dutch dementia village, the Hogweyk, and was initiated by politicians in the municipality after a visit to the Hogweyk in 2013. The new dementia care facilities are scheduled to open by the fall of 2020.
The village will have room for 158 residents suffering from dementia, with 8 residents living together in 17 smaller buildings with surrounding gardens. Inside the village there will be access to different facilities, such as a small shop, café, hairdresser and gym, and indoor and outdoor spaces for social gatherings and activities.
The idea behind the dementia village is to create an environment where residents can be free to move around in a safe environment, with more access to activities and recreation. This is contrasted with the more traditional nursing homes, which are often criticized for being too focused on the somatic aspects of care, which limits room for socializing and meaningful activities. By creating a more ‘homely’ atmosphere both inside and out, the municipality is seeking to provide dementia care services that enable seniors to continue living their life as before, as much as possible.