(…) Dat het de kunst is
goed te dragen, een ritme te vinden samen balans
te bewaren zagen we daar; het moet een soort
wiegen zijn dat de angst voor het laatste
verdrijft. in beweging blijven
desnoods pas op de plaats.
uit: ‘De buigzaamheid van steen’, De kunst van het dragen, 2005.
Last phase of life
A philosophy or way of thinking allows us to look beyond our purview and enables us to reflect on what we do not notice at first sight.
We start from the assumption that people with dementia have a rich and intense inner life. Every human experience contains a most individual inner truth, and this inner truth unveils a most individual perception. Each personal story is unique and invites the other to listen and to reflect on their own desires, fears and mortality.
The cradle is a bed where people can find tranquillity, be cradled or can swing back and forth by themselves. It connects the one who sleeps with the one who rocks. Even during the last stage of life, this unique bed offers as much comfort as possible to everyone involved.
From the early beginnings, Huis Perrekes has worked towards its ambition to develop a care framework from a broad ethical, socio-cultural and spatial perspective.
To that end, Huis Perrekes engages in a continuous dialogue with all partners, including the official authorities, thus realising a constantly renewing impulse. This way, the concept of living in integrated care can evolve, enrich and ameliorate.
Each house, as well as the Villa, has an autonomous, multi-disciplinary team that maps out an interdisciplinary approach.
Each team is headed by one person in charge and consists of care givers, nurses, an occupational therapist, an educational therapist, a music therapist, a physiotherapist and a general practitioner. Moreover, cleaning personnel and gardeners oversee the maintenance of both the houses and the garden.