A collective housing scheme for invalids - first to be built in Europe, opened its doors to tenants recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.
GV. Apartment house for disabled.
SV. A disabled woman in wheel chair dresses.
CU. Pressing button (button to open front door).
SV. Doors opening and woman leaves.
CU. Another disabled presses lift button and enters lift.
CU. Presses button to close doors.
SV. Woman enters apartment and opens kitchen unit.
CU. Fills kettle and places it on small stove.
CU. Removes cup etc from cupboard.
CU. Removes milk from fridge.
LV. Makes tea, moves towards bed.
SCU. Prepares bed.
SV. Cook prepares food in collective kitchen.
SV. Places food in oven.
LV. Disabled people collect meals.
CU. Serving food, man hands tickets to girl.
CU. Girl breaking tickets.
LV. Disabled collect food.
SV. Group of disabled at table.
CU. Two disabled eating.
SV. Man in wheel chair.
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Background: 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.