Co-founded by a group of nursing home managers in 2009, Hogeway is operated as a "nursing home" within the Dutch governmental system. However, rather than being a building or a compound, this "nursing home" is an entire 4-acre neighbourhood with residential buildings and other facilities for everyday life such as supermarket, restaurant and hair salon.
In 2011-2012, volunteers wrote down the life stories of the elders living in nursing homes, to record their memories. To have someone listen to their stories, older persons gained perspectives in their lives and a sense of inner peace. Young(er) volunteers, in turn, gained deeper understanding and appreciation of what it is to age.
Since 2002, New Path Foundation has offered services to the elders living in nursing homes. In 2004, this programme was officially named as “friendship in sunset". It consists of a long-term one-on-one regular visits by a volunteer to an elder in the nursing home every two weeks.