The Dutch initiative ‘Mijn Huis Op Maat’ offers a 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. It is used by over 50 local authorities in the Netherlands and is meant to support local policy for independent living.
The webplatform contains 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 a 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 local authorities, older 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.