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France holds ceremony for its first village for people living with dementia

Monday 04 June 2018

On 4 June, the village in Dax (France) held a ceremony for France’s first village for people living with dementia. The village will provide accommodation for 120 people living with dementia and costs about EUR 29 million with additional running costs of EUR 7 million per year. Daily costs for the residents are expected to be at approximately EUR 60.

The village design will be oriented on a medieval-style citadel with small shared-houses and a big space of 7 hectares with vegetation. A wide space will include a small supermarket, hairdressers, local brasseries, a library, a gym and a little farm. Although there will be no visible fence, residents will be confined in the cordoned off area.

Contrasting from other similar models in the Netherlands, it is planned that at the same time of becoming residents, the new inhabitants will also become research subjects. Researchers (who will cohabitate in the village) will conduct a comparative study contrasting traditional nursing homes. The aim of the study will be to assess the impact of new therapeutic approaches on patients, carers and medical staff.