“We protect our residents from the unsafe world. They do not understand the world outside this because the outside world doesn’t understand them,” says Yvonne van Amerongen, an employee at Hogewey who also helped develop the concept.
Hogewey was officially opened in 2007, but the idea has now caught the attention of health-care professionals in Ontario and Alberta.
Many dementia patients move into nursing homes, where they are monitored in a safe setting. But some medical professionals want to shift patients away from unfamiliar, clinical settings and into spaces that resemble more typical surroundings.