Home sweet home?

Literature review of factors that influence the ability of people with disabilities to live independently

Maaike den Draak Anna Maria Marangos Inger Plaisier Mirjam de Klerk
Publication date
25 November 2016
Number of pages
978 90 377 0811 0

Original title: Wel thuis?

People with disabilities often live independently in the community. That applies for people who are categorised within the nursing and care sector, as well as for those in the disability and mental health care sectors. Living independently is not only the desire of many people themselves, but is also one of the goals of the reform of the Dutch long-term care system. Despite this, there are also people with disabilities living in institutions. Which factors play a role in enabling people to live independently? What do people need in order to do so, and when are they unable to live independently?

In this publication we provide an overview of what is known from the national and international research literature about the factors that contribute to the ability of people with disabilities to live independently.

The structure of the long-term care and support system in the Netherlands was changed with effect from 1 January 2015. At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Netherlands Institute for Social Research¦SCP will be carrying out an evaluation over the coming years in partnership with other research institutes of the reforms in the Dutch long-term care system. Several interim reports will be published as part of the evaluation, culminating in the publication of an overarching final report in 2018.