Sweden's furniture giant Ikea is launching a new style of home for dementia patients through BoKlok, a joint venture with Swedish construction company Skanska that makes sustainable and affordable housing. For the past three decades, the group has built more than 11,000 modular homes throughout Sweden, Finland and Norway using the Ikea model: strip out costs by producing large quantities of parts off-site. Lower income customers only pay what they can afford. Now, with some modifications, the company thinks it can help people who struggle with memory loss to live at home. It's built the first customized homes just outside Stockholm. Queen Silvia of Sweden — whose mother suffered from Alzheimer's — has been a partner to the project from the beginning and has also been involved in the design process.
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