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Tools developed by the HOUSE project

In the HOUSE project, we aim to bridge the gap between research and practice. We do this, among other things, by translating the research results on innovative housing for older people and subjective wellbeing into practical tools in a user-friendly and efficient way.

With the developed tools, we want to reach various target groups, including older people and their direct network, care providers, (interior) architects, policy makers and students/lecturers of specific disciplines.




A first tool is a set of fictional characters that give a real representation of various older people, also known as personas. Personas can help to visualise the great heterogeneity of older people and bring them `to life`, as it were. These personas are `data-driven`, which means that the characteristics are based on both quantitative and qualitative data from the research. The personas can be used in the design or evaluation of housing projects and concepts, but also in policy-making regarding innovation in housing for older people and subjective well-eing.

Assess the impact of residential environments

Secondly, HOUSE is developing a tool to assess the impact of home environments on older people. Home environments have a major influence on the subjective wellbeing of residents. This diagnostic tool makes it possible to map out these influences so that, for example, pro-active measures can be taken in the future.

Spatial scenarios living concepts

A third tool compiles the scientific findings of HOUSE into an overview of spatial scenarios for innovative housing concepts for current and future older people. These insights can be used to make informed decisions about housing for older people, taking into account the subjective wellbeing of the residents.

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