On Saturday 13 May, The Queen inaugurated SilviaBo, Silviahemmet's adapted housing for people with dementia. The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of The King and Minister Åsa Regnér. The Queen took the initiative for the project.
On the Saturday afternoon, invited guests gathered at Silviahemmet, located in Drottningholmsmalmen on Ekerö, for the inauguration of SilviaBo.
During the inauguration ceremony, The Queen gave a speech in which she said:
"We live in an ageing society. More and more people are living for longer and longer. Not only here in Sweden, but also in much of the world.
"This is a fantastic development! However, it also brings growing challenges. As we know, advanced age is the biggest risk factor for suffering from dementia.
"As yet, there is no treatment to cure this disease. We therefore need to create the right conditions for people with dementia to be able to live as good a life as possible. We need to create a dementia-friendly society."
A presentation of SilviaBo was then given, followed by the inauguration of SilviaBo at the construction site. This was followed by tours of the apartments and SilviaBo Vision, a viewing facility for medical aids, innovations and new ways of thinking. The apartments are located in Drottningholmsmalmen, next to Silviahemmet.
SilviaBo is not a care home. Instead, it is ordinary housing that has been adapted for families where at least one member of the household has dementia. Today, couples are often forced to move apart because life in their existing home no longer works. SilviaBo allows people to stay living together for longer, hopefully for the rest of their lives.
SilviaBo began with a pilot project consisting of six apartments and two show apartments in two detached houses, built by BoKlok.
The pilot project was made possible thanks to a private donation from Ingvar Kamprad.
The ambition is to be able to offer similar, affordable housing solutions in the near future in many locations in Sweden, and eventually also in other countries.
Silviahemmet was founded at the Queen's initiative in 1996. Ever since the beginning, Silviahemmet has worked to increase knowledge and expertise within the field of dementia. Regular training is arranged for care and nursing staff, and for relatives. Today, almost 800 Silvia Sisters and Silvia Nurses have been trained in dementia care at Sophiahemmet University College in partnership with Silviahemmet. There is also a growing number of Silvia Doctors, thanks to cooperation with Karolinska Institutet, and this partnership will soon also result in Silvia Physiotherapists and Silvia Occupational Therapists qualifying.
Alongside this training, daycare is also provided at Drottningholm, which is the heart of Silviahemmet's operations. The Queen presented the next step in the organisation's development – SilviaBo – at Silviahemmet's 20th anniversary celebrations.
Find out more about the Silviahemmet Foundation here.
BoKlok is a housing concept developed by Skanska and IKEA. IKEA's founder Ingvar Kamprad and Melker Schörling, the then CEO of Skanska, first came up with the idea in the mid-1990s. BoKlok develops and builds sustainable housing featuring good design, functionality and quality, at a low price. This is made possible by BoKlok prefabricating its homes. Thanks to this, SilviaBo has been inaugurated one year and four months after the initial idea. BoKlok builds around 1,200 homes each year.