The Big Read: In Finland, seniors are ‘VIP clients’ who get to take nurses out for coffee

The Big Read: In Finland, seniors are ‘VIP clients’ who get to take nurses out for coffee

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In Finland, seniors are VIP clients

FINLAND — Mr Seppo Käppi, 72, steers himself nimbly in a wheelchair around the Kauklahti Life and Living Centre for Senior Citizens in Espoo, the second-largest city in Finland.

The long-term care facility for senior citizens who require round-the-clock care has been his home for the last five years.

At Kauklahti, the 74 residents are mostly above the age of 75 and have conditions like stroke, severe diabetes or severe rheumatism. They each have a private one-room flat that they can do up with their own furniture, and are allowed to keep a small pet.

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