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Commenting on the announcement of plans for the development of the first dementia village in the UK, Eamonn Meadows, Associate Director in JLL's Healthcare team, said: "Planned as part of the Mountfield Park masterplan and based on the award winning Hogeweyk model in the Netherlands, the proposals are a ground-breaking way to help older people with dementia to retain more independence in later life, encouraging greater socialisation and mutual support.
"The introduction of models such as this and the US Green House Project into the UK market reflect a growing recognition that new, innovative models of care need to be promoted to tackle both the escalating need for specialist care services and the challenges of staffing them appropriately.
"More investment into innovative and person-centred models of care is to be greatly welcomed. However, with recent JLL research pointing to a shortfall of 3,000 care home beds next year alone, planning regulations will also need to change to encourage and foster the development of schemes for older people as essential social infrastructure. "