This experiment, unique in France, is based on an innovative, social rather than medical approach, the main components of which are:
elimination of medical symbols (no white coats, etc.)
respect for tastes and rhythms of life
maintain close ties with loved ones
integration into the urban fabric and city life
The Landais Alzheimer village is home to 120 inhabitants, including 10 under the age of 60, accompanied by 120 employees and 120 volunteers.
The philosophy of the village
A unique experiment in France, the Village Landais responds to a national and European ambition in terms of social life, health, research to improve the quality of life and the well-being of patients and their caregivers. The Landais Village is developing support focused on the person and non-drug approaches, driven by an attitude and therapeutic activities allowing the best possible preservation of the cognitive and practical capacities of the inhabitants. All staff must have a state of mind, a culture of support, in particular by the attention paid to the measure of the patient's remaining capacities so as not to put him in a situation of failure.
As a place of innovation, other establishments or home care services can find either support in the form of support, or new models of care. The Village hosts a Resource and Research Center bringing together French specialists in Alzheimer's disease and the training of health professionals and medico-social care in order to disseminate best therapeutic practices.
A village adapted to its inhabitants
The management of the Village is made up of multidisciplinary and versatile staff (doctors, nurses, gerontological assistants, psychologist, occupational therapist, psychomotor therapist, animators ...), administrative staff (management, accounting ...) and general services (catering, interview). In total, this represents 120 people (full-time equivalent).
Complementary to professionals, volunteers are an integral part of the project. By bringing local life to the heart of the Village, they participate in the therapeutic innovation of the project. Each of them can come and exercise their activity with individual residents or benefit from the infrastructures available to the Village. Concert in the auditorium, painting in the activity room, reading in the media library are just a few of the activities that will bring the cultural and associative life of Dacq into the lives of the inhabitants.
After obtaining the administrative authorizations required to launch the site in 2017 and 2018, work began in April 2018. 20 months were needed to complete the bastide, the four living quarters as well as the entire building. landscaped environment of the village.
Administrative authorizations and main stages of the work
Decree of March 2017 modifying the local urban plan of Dax
April 11, 2017 Building permit decree
Declaration on the Water Law of August 2017
September 2017 Amending decree on land clearing
Decree authorizing the destruction of protected species of December 2017
March 2018 Land free from archaeological excavations
April 30, 2018 Start of works
December 2019 Acceptance of works
The Village Landais Alzheimer Public Interest Group pools the skills and resources of all stakeholdersfor the operation (economic and financial management), coordination and development of the project.Created in December 2016, it is made up of the Landes Department Council ; the towns of Dax and Saint-Paul-lès-Dax; the Communauté d’agglomération du Grand Dax; the Mutualité française Landes; and theassociations France Alzheimer Landes, France Parkinson Landes, Générations Mouvement Landes andUnion départementale des Associations familiales des Landes.
The steering committee is co-chaired by the Landes Department Council and the Regional Health Agencyof Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
Other financial partners
(28.8 M €, including 20 M € at the expense of the Department of Landes)
Grants: €10.3m (Government, Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Landes Department Council, Communauté d’agglomération du Grand Dax and others)
VAT compensation funds: €3.7m (estimate)
Loan from the Departmental Council of Landes: €14.8m
Daily rate paid by residents: €2.4m
Social care allowance from the Departmental Council of Landes: €1.1m
Healthcare allowance from the Regional Health Agency of Nouvelle-Aquitaine: €3.1m.