The world is in the palm of our hand thanks to technological and digital developments of the past two decades. Fast internet, new devices and applications have made us more self-reliant and give us more instant control of our own lives. This also goes for healthcare, a field in which the development of new tools and systems has taken a rapid pace. New products and services assist medical professionals and simplify the lives of clients and patients, enabling them to live their lives more independently.
This trend has a large impact on the vision of today’s leaders on care. ‘Care 2.0’ according to Dichterbij: Enabling clients in all possible ways to live their lives as normal as possible, regardless of the character of their disabilities. How does that affect care? The faster the pace of developments in care, the larger the gap becomes between vision on care 2.0 and the current spatial design. Time has come to critically review the way we spatially organize care.
Dichterbij Velp is a Dutch healthcare organization that provides care for mentally disabled children and adults, for their parents and their network. The organization is active in the southern provinces of The Netherlands and offers a broad spectrum of care to their target groups.