Instead of building homes in which people feel homeless, let’s build communities where people belong”. Sonya Barsness.
In June, 2019, Canada’s first Dementia Village opened. The Village’s design was inspired by Hogewey, the world’s first dementia village, in The Netherlands. Langley will become home to 78 people with dementia housed in six cottages. Care will be provided by 72 specially trained staff.
After 4 months, Langley has admitted 38 residents, one couple, and more residents are being added from its wait list every week.
- Two cottages are full and two more are at 50% capacity.
- The General Store is stocked and open for shoppers (pet food is popular).
- Elroy’s Cafe & Bistro is open for baking, lunch, coffee or a cold beer.
- The kitchen is the centre of activity and the smells permeate the house and stimulate the senses and appetite of the residents. Residents are involved in the daily food prep, plating and cleanup to the best of their abilities.
- Residents have created their own Newspaper complete with real and imagined stories and clippings contributed by each household member.
- Music is also important to the residents playing instruments when able to express their own particular interests.
The Village is about doing things differently. It is about putting the interests and needs of the residents first and making each house a home.
Although the Village Langley in British Columbia is privately owned and will not be affordable to all, we hope that this kind of innovation will influence others to bring culture change to their own long-term care homes.
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