Gated villages, albeit ones with open entry and exit are becoming increasingly popular for able-bodies people aged 55 plus. This may also be the future for those experiencing alzhiemers or dementia. The difference being that gated communities for dementia residents are designed to avoid residents from wandering away.
The difference between the gated dementia community of the future and current dementia care is the degree of isolation. Today dementia residents often share facilities with other able-bodied aged residents. Able bodied residents require an ability to come and go as they wish, which can mean that current dementia residents are isolated and locked away in seperate facilities.
The gated demential community of the future will be designed to create a villge like environment including appropriate housing, care, green areas, recreational facilities and retail. Residents will be able to wander around, live life as they want, receive care where needed. The only physical restriction being an inability to exit the community.
By 2050 it has been projected that 740,000 or 2.8% of the population will experience the impact of dementia. Many of these people will require specialised care. The sheer number of people likely to be impacted suggests current dementia care models may be inadequate and that new models of care may be needed.