From the time of meeting with the Directors of Hogewey in 2013 through to the evolving Be Consultancy, I can only express words of immense respect, admiration and sincere gratitude. From our embryonic ideas for changing the way dementia care is delivered here in the UK to the emergence and creation of a project that is set to materialise as the first of its kind in the UK, this would not have been possible without the inspirational support of the Be Consultancy team. Janette, Yvonne and Eloy have coached and believed in our vision and never faltered in their enthusiasm and support for iMind. They continue to support, inform and assist in driving the UK project forward. Both at the planning and operational phase of the development, the team at Be will continue to be an integral part of our iMind team thus guiding and shaping how once a dream can become a reality.
The visits to The Hogeweyk as well as the workshop with Be have opened up new approaches and perspectives. We are enthused about this unique lifestyle model. The open discussion we had, also about critical issues, was most helpful. Thanks to the insights received and the food for thought given to us we now feel capable of developing our own concept, the implementation of which will be our ultimate goal.
I have the pleasure of making frequent visits to The Hogeweyk with groups of clients: careworkers, local politicians, municipality administrators. And we have always left the place impressed by the dedication of the founders, Yvonne and Eloy – their pride and fulfilment with the project. As a start-upper, I know that success lies not in conceptual thinking – but in implementation! And my, have they managed to implement their concept at The Hogeweyk!
As a design anthropologist, researcher and educator I consistently aim to explore cutting-edge design solutions that respond to significant sociocultural issues such as caring for people with dementia. When our team was granted exclusive and unlimited access to The Hogweyk we embraced the experience by creating two ethnographic documentary films: Dementia Care by Design (2015, 33 minutes) and de Hogeweyk Village as Means to Informing Alberta Policy (2015, 10 minutes). Further research at The Hogeweyk continues to inspire design solutions for the care of older adults in Alberta and beyond.
As the CEO for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. I firmly believe that before there’s a cure, there’s care. Quality, innovative care makes a difference for people with dementia and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. greatly appreciates the dementia care conversation that Be – The Care Concept has ignited. Be shares the society’s vision of a more dementia-friendly society and I truly feel that they are providing inspiration for all of us who are striving toward person-centred care – the care that people with dementia deserve.
On behalf of the Alberta Association on Gerontology and the planning committee, thank you for your very informative presentation at the Innovations in Dementia Care Symposium held in Calgary, AB on March 14. Attendees rated your presentation very highly and appreciated the international perspective of the design and conceptual elements in providing person centred care in a home-like setting for individuals with dementia. Thank you for sharing your experience.