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July 2018 - Residential facilities for the elderly in Brussels: the small facilities are making way for the large ones

Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA) - Capacity of residential facilities for the elderly in the Brussels-Capital Region

Capacity of residential facilities for the elderly in the Brussels-Capital Region in 1997, 2007 and 2017

Source: Infor-Homes


The eldercare sector in the Brussels-Capital Region has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Since 1997, the number of small facilities (2 to 50 beds) has decreased while an increasing number of large facilities (more than 100 beds) have opened.
 

In the space of 20 years, ¾ of the small facilities have disappeared

As the above graph shows, the number of small facilities dropped from 140 in 1997 to 35 in 2017, i.e. a decrease of 75 %. In other words, three small facilities in four have disappeared in the space of 20 years.

However, the closure of these small facilities did not lead to a reduction in the number of beds over that period. In 1997, there were 17,672 beds in total while the figure on 31 December 2017 was 18,177 beds.

Over that same period, the medium-sized facilities (51 to 100 beds) also dropped slightly, from 81 facilities to 75. Conversely, the number of large facilities is on the rise. This means that the number of beds has shifted from the small facilities to the larger ones.
 

In the space of 20 years, the facilities with more than 100 beds have increased by 50 %

Between 1997 and 2017, the number of eldercare facilities with more than 100 beds has risen from 52 to 78. This increase is largely due to important investments from the private sector, which is currently a major player in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Residential facilities for the elderly in the above figures include nursing homes for the elderly (MRPA), rest and care homes (MRS) and service flats.
 

Definitions

A nursing home for the elderly (FR acronym: MRPA) is a collective facility that provides its residents with lodgings, assistance or care.

A rest and care home (FR acronym: MRS) is a collective facility that provides its residents with lodgings, assistance or care but has been specifically accredited to look after elderly people who are highly dependent and in need of care.

Service flats form part of a residential complex of private dwellings where elderly people can live independently yet freely avail of the services on offer.

 

 Further details?

More statistics on residential facilities for the elderly can be found under the theme Health on the BISA website.

 

Bibliography

Infor-Homes, 2018. Situation de l’offre d’hébergement 2017 (2017 housing offer).