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Nursing Home for People with Senile Dementia Disguised as Ordinary Village

It's hard to watch the mind of a beloved family member slip, and also painful to know that you're losing mental acuity with age. Now there's a nursing home in Wiedlisbach, Switzerland designed to make that transition easier. Caretakers lead residents to believe that they're living independent lives in the past:

The newly approved €20m (£17m) housing project is to be built next to the Swiss village of Wiedlisbach near Bern and will provide sheltered accommodation and care for 150 elderly dementia patients in 23 purpose-built 1950s-style houses. The homes will be deliberately designed to recreate the atmosphere of times past.

The scheme's promoters said there will be no closed doors and residents will be free to move about. To reinforce an atmosphere of normality, the carers will dress as gardeners, hairdressers and shop assistants. The only catch is that Wiedlisbach's inhabitants will not be allowed to leave the village.


Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user Jess & Peter

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Reminds me of another german center where they put a fake bus stop out front. Dementia patients would go wait for the bus until they forgot what they were doing, then be helped back inside.
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