Dementia village is the real deal
Reported in The Times (2 Feb 2017): An innovative Dutch nursing home creates a world near to normality for residents. Comparisons to The Truman Show do not go down well in the Netherlands’s most innovative nursing home. “I understand why people say that,” Eloy van Hal says. “But they forget this is real — everything here is real.” Indeed it is real. The barman in our trendy restaurant is real, even if he is trained both in making cocktails and in dealing with severe dementia. The middle-aged woman whose order he is taking is really here for lunch, even if she is also a doctor. The elderly woman with dementia taking her family out for dinner at the next table will, after she has finished, walk down a real street to a real house — that has all the nursing equipment hidden in the living room cupboard.
See also: Poor service will get worse, warns Alzheimer’s charity (Times)