11/10/14  In the Netherlands a village for people living with dementia was structured based on their needs and limitations. The result was a safe place for people to live until they died.

The idea of starting with the needs of people and structuring an appropriate environment from scratch is brilliant. Unfortunately, here in the states we use a piecemeal approach that makes minor modifications on existing structures and tweaking service delivery systems.

What would happen if we adopted the Dutch dementia approach to caring for Alzheimer’s patients? Persons with physical disabilities? Elders? Those struggling with chronic Illness? Living with cancer? See my the article on adaptation.

 

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I am an author of eight books in four languages. LESSONS FOR THE LIVING: STORIES OF FORGIVENESS, GRATITUDE AND COURAGE AT THE END OF LIFE is my memoir of being a bedside hospice volunteer for six years while battling prostate cancer. My next book, LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS will be published in March, 2012 by New World Library and focus on caregiving for loved ones who have a progressive or terminal illness.