Photos from the 20th anniversary celebration on Tuesday
Silviahemmet firar 20 år! _ Silviahemmet
Silvia avslöjar sitt hemliga projekt _ Svensk Damtidning
Silvia's secret meeting with Ingvar Kamprad
Queen Silvia has had a completely unknown meeting with 90-year-old Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad.
The billionaire traveled in secrecy for a couple of months ago to Stockholm and met Queen Silvia at Silviahemmet - where he got an offer, he immediately agreed to.
Queen Silvia founded Silviahemmet at Drottningholm 20 years ago and that's where she and Ikea billionaire Ingvar Kamprad now have grand plans for the future:
- Ingvar is an amazing person and I looked at him when he heard our proposal and saw that this was something he wanted to do. It really flashed in his eyes, says Silvia when Expressen meets her out on Silviahemmet, a few steps from Drottningholm Palace.
It was at Silviahemmet where the Queen's mother Alice Sommerlath received care in the final stages of life when she was demented. On the days she was at Silviahemmet and in the evenings at home at the Drottningholm Palace with the family.
Now queen Silvia plans to do exactly the same thing for other people with dementia and their relatives:
- I have often thought about this with a person who becomes demented and is put to an accommodation and then split from the family. Could one not be able to provide both care and also maintain the family. Be on the day at the health care place and then in the evening to come home and be with your family?
In connection to Silviahemmet the queen plans now implement SilviaBo - a completely new concept.
- The idea is that we will build the apartments where the sick people are able to stay with his family and then on the day when the rest of the family has work and school, the person will be at Silviahemmet at day care, the queen tells.
This is where Ingvar Kamprad comes into the picture. In great secrecy, he was "in the winter" at Silviahemmet and met the Queen:
- Yes, we sat here and drank tea. We had very nice time. I invited him up! And he came here. A fantastically interesting person. An entrepreneur to his fingertips. We showed Ingvar around and told about Silviahemmet and he liked very much about our proposal. So now he supports us in this with the construction, the queen tells.
The first apartments should be ready in a year and they are now being made in cooperation with Skanska and Ikea in concept BoKlok which becomes SilviaBo. Inside Silviahemmet it has built up a showroom on how it may look like the home of a person who has dementia.
Silvia demonstrates pedagogical around inside the show apartment and explains all the details. She explains that it must be colored plates when there is fish for supper - otherwise the person doesn't see the food on the plate.
Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA has donated stuff to Silviahemmet. They will be used for accommodation concept with both the home and furniture. Ikea is half owner of BoKlok who will implement the project together with Skanska.
Drottning Silvias hemliga möte med Ingvar Kamprad _ Kungligt _ Expressen