Why did we develop aperi? In 15 years 1 in 5 Belgians will be older than 65 years and almost 3% of the population will be older dan 85. The number of available beds in facilities for older persons has to be expanded considerably. In practical terms, 27.000 to 45.000 supplementary beds have to be created. In annual terms, the increase amounts between 1.600 and 3.500 extra beds per year. To put this result into perspective, it is considerably more than the average yearly increase of about 790 beds. Are there alternative ways to meet the increased demand for residential care? An obvious measure would be to increase the supply of home care in the form of service flats, assisted living facilities or living independent at home.