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Housing, care and welfare for seniors

The new Sustainable System Innovation (DSI) initiative sees TNO focusing on the initiation and supervision of system innovation. A sustainable system innovation aims to achieve comprehensive product, process and production system innovation such that a leap forward is made in terms of the ecological, economic and social sustainability of the system.

With the rise of the 'grey wave', increasing costs of care costs and lack of personnel in the care sector, health care in the Netherlands has hit a crunch. Specifically in the field of housing, care and welfare for seniors where greater welfare demands and the call for more independent living plays a key role. Combined with the need to reduce the environmental strain in our society, drastic innovation is required in the 'housing and care system'. Without system innovation, we will not be able to meet the future needs, wishes and requirements in the longer term. The key question is:
How can seniors live more independently in 2015 with a higher quality of life at an affordable price?

The experiment

The field experiment is being carried out in conjunction with Woonmensen Apeldoorn, a housing corporation and care institution. This organisation is working together with TNO on a plan to completely redevelop the Hubertus Drieschoten site an create a new concept in terms of housing, care and welfare for seniors. The site is 33 hectares that currently houses a care institution, sheltered accommodation, a church, an activity centre and other amenities. The site will be completely redeveloped.

What will the site contain

From 2008 the Hubertus Drieschoten site will have a district of at least 250 households of lively seniors as well as households for people over 50 and their families. A multifunctional centre will offer the unique opportunity to integrate functions in an innovative way. The housing and care concept will be achieved at this location is a totally innovative way, with the users and auxiliary staff central. Technology will be an important aspect for the user and a natural aspect in keeping the concept affordable.
Ten innovative features of the district:

  • Mixed composition in the district;
  • Strong social cohesion in the district;
  • Easy communication among residents and with care workers;
  • Professional service;
  • Supple care management and smooth administration;
  • Resident in control;
  • Cost-efficient;
  • Energy-neutral;
  • Comfortable indoor climate;
  • Lifetime-resistant housing.

This case along with cases on overweight children, stagnating mobility and water management can be found in the TNO book 'Experiments in Social Innovation'.

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