Applaud Netherlands Innovative Care of Elderly Residents Suffering from Dementia

Improving Lives of the Elderly

Target: Jannette Spiering, Director of Hogewey

Goal: Commend tremendous efforts of staff members at apartment complex
dedicated to improving the lives of patients with dementia

As the struggle continues to restrain the exorbitant costs of health care, the world’s population continues to age presenting the daunting task of how to care for elderly patients, especially those suffering from dementia. In April of 2012, the World Health Organization estimated that the number of people diagnosed with dementia would double by 2030 to more than 65 million, and triple by 2050.

Hogewey is an apartment complex developed nearly 20 years ago with the idea of creating a familiar home environment for residents who are suffering from dementia. As life expectancies in the developing world continue to increase, this 23-unit apartment complex has been recognized as a humane and cost-effective method of treating this degenerative disease.  It creates the ambience of a normal household by including living spaces, dining areas, and mobile kitchens to keep residents active and comfortable. The facility is staffed with 240 members who wear casual clothing as opposed to the traditional medical garb of white lab coats. Staff members organize the residents’ activities as well as cater to specific needs such as cooking and bathing.

Instead of living in the confines of a nursing home or conventional high-rise apartments, residents, both men and women with severe dementia, can enjoy a healthier and more pleasant atmosphere that even includes shopping at a small supermarket installed on the premises. Because patients with dementia typically do not enjoy being alone, residents are cared for by two or more trained professionals with six to eight people to an apartment.

The residents are often encouraged to help with activities such as cooking and can participate in daily events such as painting, gardening, baking, and music. Aside from the supermarket, other amenities include a café, restaurant and theater that the general public also often flock to. By creating a more pleasant living space, the condition of the patients seemed to improve by lowering their stress level thus slowing the degradation of those with dementia.

Commend the remarkable care given by Hogewey staff members to elderly residents suffering from such a terrible disease.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Spiering,

Thank you for working with the staff of Hogewey to develop an innovative way of creating a living environment suitable for residents suffering with dementia. With rising health care costs and an ever growing population, it is becoming arduous to determine where to build housing for people with such a debilitating disease. Its victims can be under constant stress and discomfort, especially if their surroundings aren’t ideal for their needs.

With these 23-units designed to resemble normal house surroundings, residents are able to feel at ease and can enjoy being surrounded by a  network of neighbors and caregivers. Complete with mobile kitchens, modern living spaces and daily activities, you have enabled a pleasant atmosphere for the residents to keep active and maintain a healthy living environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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