How can services be adapted to the changing needs of elderly?

What will living and caring look like in the future? Which services will be delivered, who will play a role in this network and how will they collaborate? How can services be adapted to changing needs of elderly and enable them to live independently and comfortably?

Maaslands Huis and Studio Dott are doing research to find an answer to these questions, and to develop a vision for a future care-living area in Maasmechelen. After several workshops with potential residents, their family and friends and other stakeholders, they’ve gathered a lot of ideas and insights for the future care-living area. To communicate these ideas and findings, they’ve developed a visual model.

The model focuses on six basic needs of elderly participants, housing, care, mobility, food, social contact and leisure.

The ideas and the services created are a result of co-creation: the elderly, the voluntary caregiver and the professional caregiver each having a role in establishing the services.

For each theme they investigated the opportunities and preconditions:

  • What infrastructure is needed?
  • What kind of (political) framework should be established?
  • What are the preconditions or opportunities for financing?
  • What can technology contribute?

The visual model is constructed in a way that you can see what the contribution of each participant will be and what the important aspects are. It is a ‘living’ model, which they hope will continue to evolve.

To share the results of this project with a broader audience a website will be created that will depict a “what if” image of the care-living area and its services. This will help to inform and inspire potential users, partners and hopefully convince local government to make their vision happen.

Download a copy of the visual model here  

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