Wohn- und Lebensgemeinschaft für Menschen mit Demenz, Verein Aktion Demenz
Initial situation: Dementia is increasing rapidly in Switzerland
140,000 people are currently affected by dementia in Switzerland; by 2050 it will be over 300,000. The CHF 6.3 billion in direct dementia costs corresponds to 7.6% of total healthcare expenditure. An additional CHF 5.5 billion is paid for by relatives themselves through voluntary care services.
Currently, 60% of people with dementia live at home and are cared for by their relatives free of charge, which often overwhelms them, so that they become ill themselves. Relatives should therefore increasingly be able to be relieved by day care centers so that the costs in the healthcare system do not explode.
Day centers and holiday homes such as “Haus Herbschtzytlos” are far from able to cover the need to relieve the relatives.
According to Alzheimer Switzerland, 300,000 people with dementia will no longer be able to live without help in 2050, and the proportion of health costs could increase to up to 20%.
"Action Dementia": 12 years of experience and success
The success of the association is based on its strengths in the areas of care and maintenance as well as autonomy.
The self-developed concept vida cotidiana © (= living everyday life) makes the everyday life of people with neurocognitive people worth living, arouses joy in life and enables them to be themselves and to feel good at the same time. People with dementia are not defined by their illness, but are respected as guests. The focus is on the skills and resources that are still available, which are used and promoted to compensate for deficits. Paternalism and attempts at re-education are omitted.
"Loving, creative ... different" is the motto. Everyday life is designed as a community, as a strong network for people at the end of life.
Community for people with neurocognitive impairment
The association's heartfelt concern is building long-term relationships: with quality of life, in a social environment, close to nature, where people are accompanied when they die and can remain in a familiar environment until death. People should be viewed as whole beings. Body, mind and soul as well as social well-being should be in harmony.
Contact with animals and nature in particular shows a multi-layered positive effect. Be it nature or animals: They bring joy, calm, serenity and relaxation into the everyday life of those affected.
Our heartfelt concern is to create another living community with nature and animal-assisted interventions and to make this successful, particularly people-oriented concept accessible to more people.
This major project will be implemented in the years 2021 to 2025 and, in addition to the purchase of a company in the canton of Bern and the expansion of the care concept, also includes a nature-conscious project to strengthen it of environmental awareness.