Monique Wijnties is an expert in healthcare, housing and welfare in The Netherlands. She is a consultant specialized in models of care both in long term care and in housing with care. She is passionate about finding ways to realize what is meaningful to the people we care for. Studying inspiring examples in practice and sharing the insights is therefore one of the key elements in her work.
Monique Wijnties was a plenary speaker at previous HammondCare conferences. At the 2011 conference ‘Rehabilitating aged care’ she reflected on care hotels in the Netherlands providing geriatric rehabilitation. In 2012 at the Dementia Centre’s Conference the topic of her presentation was The Hogeweyk where dementia care is provided in a specially designed village. The Hogeweyk is one of 26 examples of innovative aged care facilities in the book ‘Design for Aging - International Case Studies of Building and Program’ of which Monique was co-author. Together with two of the other authors (David Hughes and Emi Kiyota) in this year’s conference she will be part of the panel debating the opportunities of a showcase of designs.
Monique started her career as an occupational therapist and an advisor to the management of a care organization on the design of new facilities. In that role she was responsible for the development of new group homes for people with severe disabilities.
Later she worked at a leading expertise centre on housing and care. She was the initiator of ‘Zorg in Woningen' an online application for space planning for care situations based on proven contours of the space required for the actual activities in personal care. Currently she is exploring the possibilities to make this available for everyone within an existing online space planning application (in English).
Besides her work as an independent consultant she is working as a policy officer at the Dutch Association for Supervisory Bodies in Care and Welfare institutions (NVTZ).
Monique has an Occupational Therapy Degree from the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. She has completed postgraduate educations in “Housing for All’ at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences ; in Bobath Neuro-Developmental Therapy and in Sensory Processing. Also she was a participant in the Dementia Design School of The University of Stirling.