There is a growing interest in Australia in creating dementia villages, but are we starting by asking ourselves ‘What is our vision of community? How do we design for and live in community?
This paper will use three well recognised Dutch settings as case studies to explore some different ways community can be created, and how residential aged care can both create its own community and connect with the wider neighbourhood.
De Hogewey, Bergweg and Anton Pieckhofje are very different examples of residential aged care and provide a great stepping off point for us to consider key questions such as:
• How much do people do on site and how much do they go out?
• Is it about being a house in the neighbourhood, or being separate from the neighbourhood?
• Do you take part in the wider community or do you create your own community?
• Should we have our own supermarket or go to the local?
• What does a person living with dementia contribute to the community?
By looking at these successful examples, we will be better placed to say ‘This is our vision for community’.