Cees Hage
I was born in 1962 in Rotterdam, at the moment I'm living in Rhoon. After finishing high school, I started to study for becoming a psychiatric nurse. I've been working in healthcare since 1980. The first years as a nurse and 15 years as a manager over several teams of caregivers at an institute for people with an intellectual disability (all clients had problem behaviour and had a mild intellectual disability).
When I was working as a manager I got a lot of experience and knowledge about team processes, problem behaviour, sexuality and autism by clients with a intellectual disability. During that period I've developed and worked out, together with behaviour therapists, a lot of trainings and schoolings about these topics.
Since 2003 I have been working in our own company: Blankers-Hage v.o.f.
Having an own company offers me the opportunity to get involved throughout the Netherlands and Belgium, with all kinds of new developments in the field of sexuality and autism with normal people, people with a intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders.
I got the opportunity to get acquainted with all the services in healthcare and social field. I still find the biggest challenge in working with the most difficult and interesting cases. Autism is becoming more and more my expertise, but is also the topic that still needs so much to learn about.
Together with Rini Blankers I've developed and worked out different approaches, methods, trainings and schooling.
Blankers-Hage v.o.f. is a Dutch company, which started in 2003.
Rini Blankers & Cees Hage were both working in the healthcare for clients with an intellectual disability and decided to quit there jobs and combine there experience and expertise together in a company.    
Rini Blankers
I was born in 1969 in Zierikzee, at the moment I'm living in Leiderdorp. I've been working in healthcare since 1989. By profession I am psychiatric nurse. The first 3 years of my work career I worked as a special nurse in the care for dementia clients. After this period, I've been working over more then 10 years as a nurse and as a chief in an institute for people with an intellectual disability. During my work as a special nurse and chief I get a lot of experience about elderly care. A special interest started when I became a chief: budgets, quality of care, making shift schedules. An own company offers me the possibility to develop this interest more and more. That's why I got involved (during last 3 years) in the new care measurement system in the Netherlands (analyze and advise for an institute) and had the opportunity to experience, invent and make my own programmes.
Besides of this interest I've always find a great challenge in the factors of motivation, attitude and vision of the caregivers in relationship with the behaviour of the clients and care workers.
Because of Blankers-Hage v.o.f., I got the opportunity to get acquainted with all the services in healthcare and social field. Together with Cees Hage I've developed and worked out approaches, methods, trainings and schooling.

Workfield experience Blankers-Hage v.o.f.:
  • Psychiatry
  • Special psychiatry (war victims, persons who're seeking asylum)
  • Revalidation centre
  • Nursing homes for dementia and somatic care
  • Homecare
  • Non-born- brain damage
  • Intensive care: problem behaviour
  • Forensic care for children
  • Elderly care
  • Intellectually disabled people