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    A collective housing scheme for invalids - first to be built in Europe, opened its doors to tenants recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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    A collective housing scheme for invalids - first to be built in Europe, opened its doors to tenants recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Here, in one 13-story building, invalids can rent a self-contained flat and obtain the necessary medical attention and service.

    The invalid flats are a direct result of the polio epidemic which swept Denmark, in 1952, claiming 30,000 victims. Many died, but others live on, handicapped and dependent on crutches, invalid chairs and iron lungs.

    Finished this summer, the home was ready for occupation shortly afterwards, and now is almost full. 174 flats have been divided equally among the disabled, aged, and normal tenants. Facilities include a restaurant, laundry, garage, baths, telephone, errand service, and comfortable lounges. A self-service store, has a special department for the sale of handicrafts made by invalid residents.

    Larger flats boast luxurious kitchens - one-roomed homes, cooking facilities. Some doors are specially wide for invalid chairs, sink units, cupboards and basins, are low for handicapped tenants. Rents vary from the most luxurious homes at GBP28 per month, to room with kitchen and bath at GBP3 per month.

    Single invalid residents are able to carry on a normal life, continuing their jobs in the outside world. For families, no longer need the disabled parent or child be separated from home life. Twelve iron lung patients live in the home, joining their families during the day, and sleeping in a special ward at night with full medical attention. More than 1,700 want to live in the new building, but many will have to wait for vacancies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADR8WCJSM3OS1KI982JUPVLX86
    Media URN:
    VLVADR8WCJSM3OS1KI982JUPVLX86
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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