Residents of Hogeweyk, a village located in Weesp, Netherlands, lead a normal life. They go to the grocery store, complain about the weather, and enjoy a weekly game of bingo. But there's one thing that sets the 152 residents apart from the general public: everyone has an advanced form of dementia.

Hogeweyk is a nursing home disguised to look like the outside world. It helps people with mild to severe dementia suffer a little bit less in their remaining years, facility manager Eloy van Hal told Business Insider. He said it preserves people's sense of autonomy.

The village is comprised of 23 houses, each with six to seven residents and a caregiver who cooks, takes people to social events, helps them go grocery shopping at the village market, and watches over them to ensure their safety. Hogeweyk started in 1993 as your typical hospital-style nursing home. But the staff soon realized there was a better, more humane, way to offer care. "We said to each other 'What do we want for ourselves and our moms and dads?" van Hal said. The consensus was that people wanted normalcy, at least to the extent caregivers could provide it. Gradually, Hogeweyk began folding in elements of the outside world. It started by creating 23 houses in four different "lifestyle" categories — cosmopolitan, nature-oriented, well-to-do, and traditional Dutch. "You have to choose," van Hal said. "Which is the lifestyle according to your preferences?" Staff at Hogeweyk are trained to focus on highlighting what residents can do, not what they can't.

Hogeweyk places a great deal of importance on word choice, van Hal said. The staff members don't treat patients — they care for residents. […] They all have [an] advanced stage of dementia," van Hal said. "But they are first a person. That's why there are people living here with dementia, and not demented people." Hogeweyk caregivers and house attendants use an in-house currency to help their residents buy groceries at a fully-functional supermarket. The residents can also use real money if they want to, Hal said. Only a handful are lucid enough to do so, and typically they spend it on small items like toothpaste and candy bars. Also, as part of the facility's normal budgeting process, a chunk of money (not real currency) is doled out to each of the 23 houses. With some help from the caregivers, it's up to the houses to budget the money how they see fit over the course of the month.

The staff of medical professionals tries to cater to each resident based on their unique needs, van Hal said. That's important for a sensitive disease like dementia, he added. […] According to van Hal, there is no single policy for bringing residents back into "the real world" or letting them live in their bubble. Although certain homes are designed to accommodate introverts, there are a variety of social events available to residents, van Hal said. There are also bingo nights, social clubs, theater events, and plenty of chances to bump into neighbors. Hogeweyk feels a responsibility to make sure people get as much social interaction as they require.
Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers are widely encouraged to stay physically active to keep their minds and bodies engaged. Residents at Hogewey can stroll through the open courtyard or help caregivers tend to one of the many gardens. Even just sitting on a bench in the outdoors can help improve their mood and overall well-being, research has found.

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Read the text about “Hogeweyk”, the Dutch village for Dementia. For questions 1-10 choose the best answer A, B or C. Only one of the answers is correct. Number 0 is given as an example. Write your answers in the corresponding boxes. You will get 1 point per correct answer.

0. What the residents of Hogeweyk have in common is that they …
A. are all Dutch.
B. all like playing bingo.
C. all suffer from an illness. √

1. The maximum number of people in each house at Hogeweyk is …


A. six.

B. eight.

C. twenty-three.


2. This nursing home looks like a regular …


A. nursing home.

B. small town or village.

C. hospital.


3. The houses for the residents are all decorated in …


A. exactly the same style.

B. completely different styles.

C. a number of specific styles.


4. The workers at this nursing home put a lot of emphasis on …


A. how they use language.

B. keeping traditional customs.

C. calling the patients “demented people”.


5. The residents at Hogeweyk have a special kind of money that they can use …


A. just inside the village.

B. anywhere in the country.

C. anywhere in the world.


6. Each house also receives some of that special currency so the residents can …


A. spend it on sweets.

B. change it for real money.

C. decide together how to spend it.


7. Medical care for dementia at Hogeweyk …


A. follows a strict protocol.

B. is completely personalised.

C. varies depending on the staff.


8. Regarding social activities for the residents at Hogeweyk, there …


A. are many for those who would benefit from them.

B. are many, and everyone needs to attend.

C. aren’t many, but they are obligatory for all residents.


9. Residents at Hogeweyk can keep physically active …


A. outside the village, in the town’s gardens.

B. in the town’s sports hall.

C. in the village grounds.


10. According to different studies, people with dementia benefit greatly from …


A. engaging in group activities

B. being outside in the open air.

C. keeping active indoors.

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