Case 3: Living and mobility (the citizen in a care city for people with dementia)
When the patient is diagnosed with dementia, the patient and the relatives focus on the life after the termination of the disease.
People with dementia has the same need of being social as everybody else, getting fresh air and exercise, and to live and move in safe surrounding and neighbour communities. They need to enjoy life in beautiful surroundings together with friends and family.
The OK foundation will in the following years build a city for people with dementia (Højstrup garden) placed in Odense municipality. Svendborg municipality opened a city for people with dementia, Bryghuset, in existing buildings in the autumn of 2016.
There are still limited experiences regarding how to create a good city for people with dementia, rooms and outdoor setting to people with dementia, which still need to be used and lived in by people with out dementia. We know that light, especially daylight has a great significance for the wellbeing. Sound is another important factor, where acoustic regulations influence the circumstances of the patient’s hearing capabilities. Furthermore, sound creates (ex. Music) calming or identifiable peace or contact to previous memories. Which significance does the placement of signposts have in a city with people with dementia?
We also know that dementia is evolving and it becomes necessary to be flexible in the types of accommodations in a part of the city for people with dementia.
We know that freedom to make it a normal daily life is demanding for the patient, shopping, getting a haircut, visiting a café with friends, taking a walk in the nature, growing vegetables, cooking a meal can be difficult to the patient, but it is important to all of us.
How can you create a positive integration with the neighbours, the social hemisphere, the society and the remaining health sector – How do you work with the good patient/citizen procedure from-and in a dementia city, so anyone can feel safe and be self-sufficient for as long as possible?
Eva Lunding Olsen, CEO OK-Foundation
Anette Søby, Project manager dementia village in Svendborg
Marguerittens friends, Aster Schepel