Focus on rebellious initiatives in housing for the elderly

On 8 July 2021, Martin van Rijn, chairman of Aedes – the Association of Housing Corporations – received the pamphlet ‘Rebellious initiatives in housing for the elderly’. The pamphlet offers practical tools for administrators and policymakers who are looking for innovation in housing and care for the elderly. The pamphlet was handed over by Marianne van Bochove (researcher), Joost van Hoof (professor of Urban Ageing) and Katja Rusinovic (professor of Metropolitan Development) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Rebels take the floor

Many elderly people prefer to continue living independently. They prefer to do so in the vicinity of like-minded people in a home and environment that suits their stage of life and needs. However, developing new forms of housing that meet these wishes is easier said than done. Initiators often come up against inappropriate rules, cumbersome procedures and exaggerated narrow-mindedness. Many well-known and less well-known initiators have been developing new forms of housing for and with elderly people that meet these wishes. They are not afraid to leave the beaten track and often do things just a little differently than others. How do these initiators deal with rules, freedom of management and decision making? How do they establish successful collaborations? How do they create support and how are residents involved?

Pamphlet

The research team of The Hague University of Applied Sciences spoke with 17 of them (administrators, social entrepreneurs and supervisors). These conversations resulted in a pamphlet that offers inspiration and tools based on the experiences of these initiators. The pamphlet contains 22 practical tips and is intended for entrepreneurs, administrators, policy makers and others who are looking for innovation in housing and care for the elderly.

Download the pamphlet (pdf)