Visit the new SilviaBo™ apartments for people with dementia

SilviaBo apartments

‘SilviaBo Malmen at Drottningholm is the small pilot of SilviaBo with six rental apartments owned by Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and built as a complement to Silviahemmet’s daycare.’

Visit the new SilviaBo™ apartments for people with dementia

Together with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, we now offer you visits to the SilviaBo apartments! From 1st December 2017, SilviaBo apartments are open to those who are interested in the outcomes of the collaboration between Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and BoKlok to create apartments that are uniquely adapted to suit a person living with dementia and their partner at an affordable cost.

Stiftelsen Silviahemmet has two showrooms catered specifically for study visits, SilviaBo Bas – a furnished conceptual apartment, and SilviaBo Vision – a showroom with products and inventions that facilitate the daily life of a person living with dementia.

What is SilviaBo?

The project SilviaBo started one day in November 2015 with afternoon tea at Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, a non-profit organisation specialised in dementia care founded in 1996 by Her Majesty (HM) Queen Silvia of Sweden. At the meeting, HM Queen Silvia of Sweden met with IKEA’s founder Ingvar Kamprad and a small group of people for a presentation of the foundation. Inspired by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden’s work in the dementia field, the visiting group discussed how they could fulfil Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’s next vision. At Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’s 20th anniversary on 17th May 2016, HM Queen Silvia of Sweden presented Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’s next project: SilviaBo.

Combining Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’s knowledge of dementia care, BoKlok’s knowledge of building financially viable and sustainable homes and IKEA’s knowledge of interior design, smart solutions and pleasant homes, the concept for SilviaBo was born and eventually realised.

The SilviaBo apartment is directed towards individuals in the early stages of dementia. A regular house adapted to their and their partners’ needs, at an affordable cost. All aspects of the apartment – colours, functionality, safety, lighting, accessibility and congeniality – have been carefully considered and decorated according to HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and experts in the field of dementia.

However, the SilviaBo concept extends beyond the apartments. Stiftelsen Silviahemmet presents a care model that offers a daycare run by specially trained Silvia Sisters and a regular home just next door. Unlike a nursing home, it is a conventional home adapted for a person living with dementia. SilviaBo aims to provide a safe and secure home and environment where daycare guests can live together with their husband, wife or friend, for as long as possible.

Download the brochure for SilviaBo in English

If you are interested to register for a study visit to the SilviaBo apartments, please contact us at

We also arrange a variety of study visits to Swedish elderly and dementia care facilities and organisations, including Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and Swedish Dementia Centre. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of our study visits.

This post was originally published on Swedish Care International.

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