Today, we have an interview that we’ve been looking forward to for a while, with Jannette Spiering from Be Advice and also De Hogeweyk in the Netherlands. Even if you don’t recognise the names you may know the story, it’s been described as “the dementia village” a name Jannette and the team strongly dislike, but it’s received a lot of attention for it’s mission of creating a normal life for people living with dementia.
They do all sorts of fantastic stuff in De Hogeweyk to ensure that residents retain their freedom and have a fulfilling life with support from the care teams. With restaurants, a supermarket, and the freedom for residents to walk around the neighbourhood, Jannette and the team pioneered this approach in the 90s.
We’re fast approaching the end of 2021 still feels weird to say, and we’ll be doing something a little special throughout December. In the three weeks before Christmas we’ll be featuring some shorter, bite sized episodes each Tuesday and Friday talking about one aspect of Christmas and the holidays.
It’ll be a little bit of fun to get us all in the spirit for the end of the year.
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