False bus stop

May 28, 2018 Travels

False bus stop

Seemingly an ordinary bus stop with a timetable and waiting passengers. In reality, however, no vehicles stop at the bus stop.
One of the most disastrous symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is that patients, in a surge of confusion, feel stunned by the need to reach their family home. As a result, patients in nursing homes quite often run away from them, go free without being aware of who they are, which poses a great danger to them. The simplest solution is to close them, but it is extremely cruel and often makes the patient’s health worse.
An alternative to this solution was the idea of a German nursing home in Düsseldorf – Benrath Senior Center. They decided to set up a false bus stop in front of the building because, as the medical staff noticed, the first direction of patients suffering from this disease is public transport. It works. The staff lures the waiting passengers back by offering them shelter and coffee when the bus arrives. After a while, they forget that they were anywhere at all. Previously, the Benrath centre had asked the police for help in finding missing residents.
The average age of our patients is 84 years. Their short-term memory is virtually non-existent, but their long-term memory is still active. They are still aware that a bus can take them home. – says the director of the centre, Richard Neureither.
This idea proved so effective that all over Germany and some European countries it was decided to build stops like this one. Some of them not only contain timetables, but also advertisements from 30 years ago.