Letter: News of Memory Village met with great excitement

Editor: It’s worked very well in the Netherlands — now it’s Canada’s turn.

I was excited to hear the news regarding Canada’s first “dementia village,” scheduled to open next year in Langley.

Modelled after Holland’s successful Hogeweyk Dementia Village, a similar dementia village will be much more than just another secured long-term care centre, Langley’s new village will include single-storey homes, a community centre, and even a barn and will be home to 78 people with dementia. Seventy two specially-trained staff will help residents remain as independent as possible as they form a community and participate in many daily activities.

One of the best benefits is that three of the new cottages are built for couples so that a husband and wife are not forced to separate when one partner requires more advanced care.

My late father had Alzheimer’s disease and, while he did receive excellent care in a secured care home, I believe that this “village” approach will prove to be a superb means to provide seniors with dementia a better quality of life, increased independence, and a more comfortable home as they continue to age and decline.

Rick Lauber,

Author of Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians and The Successful Caregiver’s Guide

 

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