Hogewey is a gated community in the Netherlands, designed specifically for people with dementia. About 150 people with Alzheimer’s or similar live in 23 themed homes where the emphasis is on having as much fun as possible.
Hogewey encourages residents to keep up the day-to-day tasks they have always done: gardening, shopping, peeling potatoes, shelling the peas, doing the washing, folding the laundry, going to the hairdresser, popping to the cafe.
Roughly 250 paid healthcare professionals (as well as an unknown number of additional volunteers) assist the residents with most aspects of their lives, but they aren’t in traditional lab coats or scrubs, but in regular street clothes. This is all part of the vision of the village to craft a reality around their residents’ hopes and desires, rather than constraining them to things they can no longer do with a faltering memory.