14 May 2018

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Bouwinvest’s Healthcare Fund has taken delivery of 62 care apartments in the Gijsbrecht development in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, to the south of Amsterdam. The institutional real estate investor will introduce hospitality industry-level quality services to residents in Gijsbrecht to help them maintain independent lives at home for as long as possible. 

The private rental sector apartments were developed by Bébouw Midreth in consultation with the Ouder-Amstel municipality and care services provider Zonnehuisgroep Amstelland (ZHGA). People aged 75 and older with a care need are given priority as residents and a limited number of the apartments are still available at a monthly rent starting from €795. Following the realisation of the Zonnehuis Theresia -- which contains 45 places for intramural care -- at the location in January this year, the entire project has now been completed.

“Residents receive not just a key to their new homes, but also the assurance that the services they need for daily living have been arranged. Bouwinvest’s vision for these care homes is to align the quality of service with that you would expect from the hospitality industry and so help support people to live independent lives for as long as possible,” Erwin Drenth, Bouwinvest’s Director of Dutch Healthcare Investments said. 

At the centre of the hospitality concept is the ‘Gijs’ hostess service, which is available several days a week to residents to provide support and social interaction in a community environment. Gijs will connect residents with the services they require, such as the provision of meals, Internet support, or physiotherapy and act as the link with the adjacent Zorgcentrum Zonnehuis Theresia, which has additional facilities, including a restaurant.

ZorgID, which along with developer Bébouw Midreth is a part of the Koninklijke VolkerWessels, acted as an advisor on the project. Architects Rijnboutt in Amsterdam were responsible for the design of Zonnehuis Theresia and the Gijsbrecht care apartments.