My ambition is to help older adults to remain in their own home for as long as possible. To me the key to independence is to maximise older adults' participation in daily and meaningful activities, while taking into account their individual capabilities and resources. Therefore my research focuses on implementing the philosophy of Function Focused Care (also known as reablement) in Dutch homecare services, which emphasise ‘ doing with ’ older adults rather than ‘ doing for ’ or ‘ doing to ’ them.
2014 - now Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University (The Netherlands) 2009 - 2013 PhD student at the Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University (The Netherlands) Thesis: ‘The reduction of disability in community-dwelling frail elderly: a randomised controlled trial’ (ZonMW#60-61900-98-213; ISRCTN31954692) 2007 - 2009 Master student (Health Sciences Research Master) at Maastricht University Thesis: ‘Evaluation and comparison of the psychometric properties of screenings instruments for community- dwelling frail older people.’ 2003 - 2007 Bachelor student (occupational therapy) Zuyd University of Applied Sciences Heerlen Thesis: ‘The development of a manual for an occupational therapy intervention program for older people.’ 1993 - 2002 High School, Gymnasium Herzogenrath, Herzogenrath (Germany)
Function Focused Care/ restorative care/ reablement Ageing and frailty Primary care, acute care and long-term care Daily functioning/ independency Informal caregiving Basic nursing care Intervention research
Supervision PhD student Mariska Machiels Topic: Improving communication between nurses and persons with dementia in residential care (part of ZonMw project Basic Care Revisited, ZonMw #80-80705-98-025)