Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Be seeing you.
The Independent looks at a new Alzheimer's clinic in Switzerland that's a bit different from most retirement homes:
The newly approved €20m (£17m) housing project is to be built next to the Swiss village of Wiedlisbach near Bern and will provide sheltered accommodation and care for 150 elderly dementia patients in 23 purpose-built 1950s-style houses. The homes will be deliberately designed to recreate the atmosphere of times past. 
The scheme's promoters said there will be no closed doors and residents will be free to move about. To reinforce an atmosphere of normality, the carers will dress as gardeners, hairdressers and shop assistants. The only catch is that Wiedlisbach's inhabitants will not be allowed to leave the village.
And all they want is information... Information... Information...


eon said...

Large balloony spheres will roar about on the lake on a regular schedule, naturally.

I assume there will also be a weekly replacement of directors, all of whom will be named Number Two.



Cthel said...

Since the stated rationale is to provide an environment similar to that which the patients still remember, it occurs to me that they'll need to start building new ones as each new generation of patients arrives.

They might have issues when people who actually remember "the prisoner" start arriving...

Gauss said...

I assume the "Information..." link is meant to point to the library catalog entry for The Prisoner, but it's landing me on the Monroe Library's locations and hours page instead.

David said...

Link fixed.