Name of your initiative:
My Home Fits / The Home Test
Short name (acronym):
Mijn Huis Op Maat / Huistest
Website title and address: Mijn Huis Op Maat
Which organization is submitting this initiative?:
Please specify in which regions/provinces: NEDERLAND
more than 55 local communities in the Netherlands
Where is this organization located?:
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Part of larger strategy or programme:
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Please provide us with more details of this programme or strategy:
Mijn Huis Op Maat is a webplatform containing all information about getting older and living independent at your own home. The heart of the platform is the Home Test: an online list of questions which enables you to check possible improvements to your home for independent living. This test (free) provides you with your personal chechlist.
Local communities can participate in the Home Test: they 'subscribe' to the platform which opens up a more extensive set of solutions to the inhabitants who fill out the Home Test. For each point of improvement they are provided with several solutions that can make things safer and more comfortable in their homes.
Apart from the information, the Home Test, the Mijn Huis Op Maat platform hosts a search engine for entrepeneurs that provide solutions for older people and can take care of things that need doing in their home.
Mijn Huis Op Maat is a platform which can bring together the local authorities, the elder workers, older peoples associations, housing associations, care organisations and local entrepeneurs to cooperate and offer a simple and straightforward tool to their inhabitants, clients and customers. The tool is used also as an awareness tool to point older people at their possibilities to take the lead in their lives and make sustainable choices on how they want to live when older.
The status of the initiative:
Please give a summary of your initiative (in English):
Practical tool for awareness and information for older people on what improvements are possible in their own homes in order to leave independently for as long as they want.
The tool is used by over 50 local authorities in the Netherlands and is meant to support local policy for independent living.
The geographical scope:
Type of initiative: Public-private-partnership
Environment or setting of the initiative: Rural
The economic environment or setting of the initiative:
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What triggered this initiative?:
There used to be a lot of policy talking about living independently however older people themselves never noticed something about this in their daily lives, were not aware of their own possibilities to prepare for this, nor their responsibilities in this.
National and local policy goals in this topic are changing fast and awareness omong older people is poor.