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SmithGroupJJR Lecture "Design Innovations in Long-term Care: The Dutch Apartment for Life Model + Dementia Housing in Northern Europe"

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SmithGroupJJR & Beckman Institute
1005 Beckman Institute
Apr 15, 2013   3:00 pm  
Victor Regnier, ACSA Distinguished Professor, Architecture and Gerontology, University of Southern California
Kathy Harper
(217) 244-8373

The northern Europeans have set the bar for long-term care innovation with their approach to universal design specifications for senior housing and their community based--home care service delivery models. The Dutch Apartment for Life model is designed so residents can age-in-place in an adaptable residential apartment.  Care services ramp up as the competency of residents decline.  The coordination of these two strategies along with a philosophy that stresses self-supportive behaviors allows the vast majority of residents to avoid institutionalization.  Small-scale dementia clusters and adult day care programs are often embedded in these housing developments to deal with this particular population.  Dementia care has evolved in many ways--the Hogewey is another example of how the Dutch have combined small group living with a more engaged "village-like" community context.  The Dutch and their northern European neighbors have much to offer the US and Asia, as we contemplate a future with many more older frail constituents.

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