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Happiness: It's all about living one's life, part 1


Prof. dr. H.M. Becker …

Prof. dr. H.M. Becker
CEO Humanitas Foundation Rotterdam.
International Seminar on Social and Health systems in Europe organized by SITRA.
7 - 8 September 2010

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  • 1. Happiness: It’s all about living one’s life part 1 Prof.dr. H.M. Becker CEO Humanitas Foundation Rotterdam Freedom of Choice 7– 8 September 2010 • Congress Paasitorni Festival Hall • Helsinki
  • 2. Stichting Humanitas • housing • care • well-being • social services Almost 10.000 clients 33 establishments 3.300 employees (of which 36% of non Dutch origin) More than 1.500 volunteers Annual turnover: approx. € 130 million Current building projects: approx. € 200 million Freedom of Choice 7– 8 September 2010 • Congress Paasitorni Festival Hall • Helsinki
  • 3. The beginning: ‘matchboxes on their sides’ in the outskirts
  • 4. En route to something more daring and more urban En route to ‘age-proof’ dwellings ‘ Age-proof’ Apartments for Life
  • 5. Own apartments with technical service • Empathic design (not institutional) • Sheltered ‘village square’ for the whole neighbourhood with: - restaurant / bar / fitness / beauty salon / supermarket / remembrance museum / • small art studio • In this way avoiding frequently changing location and new intakes • Varied occupancy: mix of ill /not ill, young/old, poor / rich, immigrant/local
  • 6. Temples of culture and activities in stead of deathly ‘ islands of misery’ Attended and partly ran by independent elderly with and without disabilities Top restaurants emembrance museums Breeding ground for art
  • 7. The elderly want to • remain independent and active • manage their own lives • participate and interact in society • be visited by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren They want to avoid • the feeling of standing alone, being deserted • to be forced moving house with new intakes • living with only disabled people
  • 8. The Humanitas Philosophy is based on four basic values: • Autonomy; running one’s own life, also when it is difficult (with five cats, liking to have a drink every day, taking severe risks of falling) • To be active: use it or lose it • The extended family approach (when all stake holders contribute, this can add to the client’s happiness) • The yes-culture (not everything is possible, but we can always start with ‘yes’ and come to a solution in dialogue)
  • 9. The instruments The yes-culture and and a luxurious and busy environment
  • 10. The instruments Make it sociable and cosy
  • 11. The instruments Empathic design and art (home made or bought)
  • 12. The instruments Culture
  • 13. The instruments For the very old and very young: Internet corners
  • 14. The instruments A marketplace for conversation pieces from the past: Remembrance museums
  • 15. A special kind of client: Alzheimer clients They need rhythm and activity, such as cleaning the vegetables, peeling the potatoes, cooking, doing the dishes and ironing
  • 16. Alzheimer clients Alzheimer Clients need a warm, familiar, so ‘outdated’, environment. Reminiscence museums add something special