AIPA - Ageing in place Aalst

januari 2014
december 2016

Elise Van Opstal
AIPA Platform Coordinator
+32 53 73 21 89

AIPA - Ageing in place Aalst

AIPA is working on making the Platform even more sustainable. The City of Aalst is continuing to apply project results and learning experiences in its daily work

The provincial subsidy for “experimental forms of living” has been used to test measures designed to encourage residents to make changes to their homes that will make them suitable for living in for an entire lifetime. There is also the Interregional project known as InForCare, which focuses on developing and testing methods to promote informal care and voluntary work.


AIPA wishes to test which infrastructural, social and societal conditions must be met in order to be able to 'grow older in one's own living environment'. The AIPA platform wants to
achieve this, among others, by having elderly people live in an adapted manner. The focus in this regard is on combating isolation and the affordability of housing and care. AIPA furthermore pays particular attention to socially disadvantaged target groups.


Ageing in place Aalst – creates an experimental environment for companies and (care) organizations that wish to understand the current and future needs of the elderly in their home situation and to attune their innovations to them. AIPA is a platform where they can meet one another and the users, each from their own perspective.

Knowledge and user experience are exchanged during co-creation workshops in order to further strengthen innovative ideas. The platform partners provide guidance in order to arrive at successful and economically viable solutions.

The expertise within AIPA focuses on the specific context of housing and the immediate living environment. The AIPA hereby offers support in order to more quickly implement, adapt and valorize innovative services, processes and products concretely, efficiently and effectively.


This platform will set up an appropriate test population of elderly people in Aalst who both need and do not need care. Elderly people with a socially disadvantaged profile will also
participate. Together with (home) caregivers, they will test what the infrastructural, social and societal conditions are in order to make 'growing older in one's own living environment' possible.


AIPA will make two demonstration residences available in which the latest new applications, infrastructure and services can be tested by the elderly and caregivers themselves. AIPA will also use 40 existing homes of elderly people in order to observe and test the development of necessary adjustments.

These homes are loosely grouped into four 'Home Care Neighborhoods' concentrated around a specific healthcare institute. In order to combat isolation, AIPA wants to involve the elderly in public life as long as possible. Therefore, the service offering and public space as part of the living environment can also be tested for adjustments for seniors.

Support for organizations will be anchored in a care incubation center I3Z.