The participation of older people in the concept and design phases of housing in the Netherlands: A theoretical overview

Joost van Hoof*, Katja M. Rusinovic, Zsuzsu K.C.T. Tavy, Rudy F.M. van den Hoven, Jeroen Dikken, Suzan van der Pas, Hanneke Kruize, Simone R. de Bruin, Marianne E. van Bochove

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Abstract

In the Netherlands, there is a growing need for collective housing for older people to bridge the gap between ageing-in-place and institutional care facilities. Participation of older people in the concept and design phases is important to tune the market supply to the needs of (future) residents, yet social entrepreneurs find it challenging to involve older people. This commentary explores various ways older people can participate in the development of new housing initiatives. The ladder of citizen participation is applied to explore different roles that (future) residents could play with levels of influence varying from non-participation to citizen power. Considerations for meaningful participation are discussed, in order to show how collaborations can be formed between (future) residents and decision makers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number301
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding: This research is a deliverable of the project Naar Verantwoorde Rebellie: Governance en Inspraak bij Collectieve Woonvormen voor Ouderen [Towards Responsible Rebellion: Governance of and Participation in Collective Living Arrangements for Older People]. This project is funded by the Regional Attention and Action for Knowledge Circulation (RAAK) scheme (MKB-3-37), which is managed by the Taskforce for Applied Research (Regieorgaan SIA).

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