A special ‘neighbourhood’ for people with dementia (St. Paul's Hospital)

De Hogeweyk, known in English as “The Neighbourhood,” is a nursing home in the Netherlands that specializes in care for people with dementia. Unlike other care facilities, De Hogeweyk is a four-acre secure site where 150 residents can walk around the grounds safely so they can live their lives as normally as possible.

Providence Health Care is looking to build a “neighbourhood” of its own at the new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, with the promise of a more hopeful kind of care for those suffering from the disorder.

The goal of the neighbourhood is to reduce stress and anxiety by helping residents feel at home. Staff have been able to reduce the use of medication and potentially violent conflicts.

Estefania Duran reports.

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