"In the majority of the Dutch dementia care facilities providing a home-like living environment for residents is one of the central issues stated in the philosophy of care. The question what exactly constitutes a home-like environment, however, still is a tough one to answer. Although issues like smallscale environments and ties to the healthy and familiar have gained the interest of policy makers and care providers, the concept of home_likeness probably imlies more than this. In our presentation we would like to discuss home-likeness in view of its dynamic character: linked to activity patterns during the day. We will present a study that investigates how the layout of a unit could reinforce "normal" daily activity patterns. Linked to this, the concept of differentiation in life-styles of residents will be discussed. This policy allows residential care facilities to provide residents with daily programs that tie in closer with familiar daily patterns."