An entire village with shops, cafes and parks located in The Netherlands, has been transformed into a huge nursing home for people suffering from dementia.
De Hogeweyk isn’t your average village. It’s fully equipped with cafes, a hairdressing salon, parks, a pub, a theater, shops, and a total of 23 houses. The land was transformed into a fake town under the control of the nursing home Hogewey. It hosts a total of 152 residents, all of which are actually dementia patients.
The idea for the fake village was brought to life in the 1990s and ever since then it has been providing care for elderly people suffering from dementia on 24/7 basis. Carers, nurses and doctors are disguised like average people with everyday clothing as they are wandering through the streets of the village or simply posing as ordinary people, who go about their daily deeds. The dementia patients are given the opportunity to experience normal lives and the staff of the nursing home makes sure they make every experience as real as possible without anything that could hint at the fact that the entire village is actually a nursing ground and that they are in a sort of a gigantic hospital.
The Dutch government put millions into funding the village, which costs around 19.3 million euros with all of its facilities and they officially opened its doors for patients and visitors in 2009. The nursing home and its functioning facilities are funded by the families of the dementia patients, whose stay is believed to be as pricey as some other big nursing homes in The Netherlands. In other words a patient’s stay at the fake village costs somewhere around 5,000 euros per month.