Minister to simplify regulations for small-scale live-in care unit

“Making it easier to take care of people at home”

No more long-winded applications, just a brief report with no need for an architect. That is how Flemish Minister Zuhal Demir intends to make it easier and faster to set up a home care unit in Flanders from 2021.

More and more people requiring care want to stay in their own home environment for as long as possible, surrounded by the people they love. And that trend has continued because of COVID-19.

Faster and easier

“We are moving away from a long, drawn-out application process requiring input from an architect, towards just brief report without any need to call in an architect,” Flemish Minister for Urban Planning, Zuhal Demir, announced in a press release. After all, it only takes a simple fall or sudden illness to need daily care close to home.

For the whole of Flanders

In cutting down the red tape, Demir is also seeking to streamline regulations at a Flemish level. The approach or building regulations currently differ from one municipality to another, meaning there is a lack of a coherent approach across Flanders.

“Making alternatives such as care units more readily available”

Zuhal Demir, Flemish Minister for Urban Planning

“People may need care quicker than we realise”

“The plan is to do away with long application procedures and costly conversions by making alternatives such as care units more readily available,” the Minister said. “People may need care quicker than we realise. It only takes a simple fall or sudden illness to need daily care close to home. In cases like that, people don’t have the time to go through lengthy procedures. We want to make that so much easier.”

The Flemish parliament is also discussing a draft memorandum for new regulations on mobile care homes.

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