An household mess
Miss Bouwhuis has lived all her life in the east of the Netherlands. She married her husband during World War II who passed away two years ago. Now in her nineties, living alone, she talks to her grandchild who lives in Denmark using email and facetime. Due to government social policy changes uncertainty grabs her while she is waiting in her living room for an answer on what will happen with her help in her household.
The reformations in the Social Support Act within the social-healthcare system in Holland are the biggest since 1941. Municipalities are now responsible for the care of elderly. The government appeals to the self- help of the elderly and their social network.
Due to the dramatical change of the SSA and the budget cuts a lot of institutions close, leaving only the big corporations to survive. Elderly people lose touch with these changes and are uncertain what will happen. Help which was paid for for years, isn’t certain anymore. About 250.000 elderly received help in their household. Those who need help feel the effects of government choices.