Healthy@Home

Background
Name of your initiative: 
Healthy@Home
Short name (acronym): 
Website title and address: 
Which organization is submitting this initiative?: 
Public Social welfare Organisation of Mechelen (Social Huis Mechelin) and the Municipality of Mechelen
Please specify in which regions/provinces: 
BELGIQUE-BELGIËVLAAMS GEWESTProv. AntwerpenArr. Mechelen
City: 
Mechelen
Where is this organization located?: 
Belgium
Please enter the name of the contact person for this initiative: 
Wendy Absillis
Please enter the email of the contact for this initiative: 
wendy.absillis@ocmwmechelen.be
Part of larger strategy or programme: 
No
If you answered "other", please specify: 
Please provide us with more details of this programme or strategy: 
The status of the initiative: 
Planned
Please give a summary of your initiative (in English): 
The Public social welfare organisation of Mechelen in cooperation with the Local Health Platform of Mechelen (LOGO vzw) build up a demonstration house “Healthy@Home” to showcase “(un)healthy living”. The demonstration house was designed with low-threshold practical information about healthy and energy efficient living. Information also focuses on fall prevention for older people confronted with body-instability or balance problems because of health problems. Service users are led through the house room by room in an interactive way, accompanied by the ‘healthy@home-guide’. Different rooms address different problems : humidity and fungus, cigarette smoke, vermin and pests, air freshening, garbage storage, etc. Participants are also asked to bring in their own suggestions and solutions about unhealthy conditions. Together with the ‘healthy@home-guide’ they a list of easy, affordable and instantly applicable guidelines was completed. The project mainly focused on underprivileged groups, but a lot of professionals in the social housing sector and social welfare sector also visited the demonstration house.
The geographical scope: 
Local
Type of initiative: 
Public
Environment or setting of the initiative: 
Urban
The economic environment or setting of the initiative: 
The most important source of funding for your initiative: 
Local funding
If other, please specify your source of funding: 
What triggered this initiative?: 
A vaste number of low-rent houses/flats available on the housing market in Flanders – and especially in Mechelen – have poor housing and home conditions caused by damp and mould, low energy efficiency and inadequate heating, inadequate water supplies and sanitation. Behaviours can be responsible for carbon monoxide or cleaning product poisoning because as the result of bad ventilation and contribute to fuel poverty or mice infestation in case of improper food storage. Research suggests that 1 out of 5 dwellings in Flanders have problems with humidity and fungus. Poor housing conditions have a detrimental impact on physical health (respiratory problems such as asthma, skin problems, allergies, headaches, gastro-intestinal pain, etc.) as well as mental health (state of tireness, dizziness, amnesia, mood swings, etc.). This problem mostly affects people from lower income, people with migrant background, single-parent, older people, Due to money restriction, they are most likely to accept to live in such places to save on the montly rent.
Objectives
What are the main objectives of your initiative? Choose a maximum of 3 objectives.: 
Community support and health services: increase in client-oriented and -centered made to measure health and social care and services
Please describe any subgoals of your initiative: 
The aim is to improve health for service users and informal carers and the access to access to information and services. This is done by raising awareness about unhealthy living conditions and to inform target groups about the risk of unhealthy living. The project had an important didactic and pragmatic effect. Participants are able to make their own homes healthier by using the easy and practical guidelines offered to them during the demo-tours.
Target group
Does your initiative target people with a specific impairment or disease?: 
How many people have you reached or do you expect to reach with your initiative?: 
Does your initiative target a specific age group?: 
Does your initiative target men or women?: 
Irrelevant
Approach
Please indicate what best describes your initiative: 
Other
What type of intervention strategy is used in your initiative?: 
User-empowerment and participation
Please indicate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your initiative: 
Who executes the initiative: 
Non-governmental organisationProvider of social service
What is the relevant physical scale of your initiative?: 
BuildingIn a different setting, please specify
Please indicate how you think your initiative could be scaled up (made to reach more people): 
Please indicate the type of stakeholders concerned with your initiative.: 
Non-governmental organisationProvider of social service
Please describe how you think your initiative could be transferred to other regions or contexts: 
The Healthy@home project was transferred to different Flemish cities and villages, with similar positive effects.
Is your initiative economically sustainable and does it contribute to economic development?: 
In Mechelen the project was launched in 2014. There is potential that the initiative will be established as several demonstration houses in Flanders have been opened earlier and still exist.
If you selected "other" neighbourhood, please specify:: 
Impact & outcome
Will you collect or have you collected outcome data for this initiative?: 
Yes
What do you consider the key success factors of your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the key success factors to be: 
The project had an important didactic and pragmatic effect. Participants can instantly make their own homes healthier, by using the easy and practical guidelines offered to them during the demo-tours. The demonstration house did strengthen and extend the network of people and organisations involved in this topic. Several organisations implemented “healthy living” in their social- and healthcare policies.
What do you consider the main barriers to overcome in your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the main barriers to be.: 
What instruments will you use/have used to collect data?: 
Other, namely
If you selected "other" instrument to collect data, please specify: 
If yes, how will you/have you collected those data?: 
Qualitative evaluation
Will you collect or have collected socio-economic impact data for this initiative?: 
No
Will or are the collected data in the initiative publicly available?: