“Preparing for healthy & independent ageing at home”
All over the world people are living longer and as far as possible they prefer to grow old in their own homes. However, this is not always easy. Homes suitable for an active 60 year old are often not adapted for an elderly person in their mid-70s due to for example, stairs or a bath rather than a shower, which increase the risk of falls. As we get older we are also more prone to illnesses which if they are not cared for correctly can result in physical decline and vulnerability.
Without careful planning and support, for the elderly person, whose children may well have moved away, the possibility to stay at home becomes more limited. Many good support services for senior citizens run by associations and social services exist, but there is limited coordination between them and local health services. In addition certain geographical areas suffer from poor access to public health and social services. The Alpine area characterises this particularly well with rural Alpine valleys that are often isolated and difficult to reach.
“CoNSENSo: Innovating to provide better health & social care for senior citizens in the Alpine Space”
The aim of the CoNSENSo project is to develop a care model that puts the elderly at the centre of health and social care, building on the crucial role of the Family and Community Nurse: a key person to help and support the daily activities of the elderly and their families. The Family Community Nurse would form the link between the different health and social worlds, facilitating a 3-way dialogue (Elderly person – Health services – Social services), organising appropriate social services, like a home help or ready prepared meals, contacting doctors if a health problem is suspected and providing advice on how to adapt the home environment.
This new model of health & social care will be tested during the project in 5 pilot regions through
- providing dedicated training for nurses
- evaluating the benefits of the model in zones with diverse territorial challenges, compared to areas not using the model
- working on how to make the care model sustainable in the different countries
Led by the Piemonte Region, CoNSENSo brings together 10 partners from Austria, France, Italy and Slovenia and 7 observers representing governmental ministries, health authorities and professional associations from the Alpine Space area. The project runs for 36 months starting in December 2015.
The project expects to create the right conditions to improve health and life quality of senior citizens in the Alpine Space enabling them to stay at home as long as possible.
This will be achieved through
- the design and implementation of new public policies based on this social innovation model for elderly care
- building training modules for nurses that can be adapted and transferred to training institutions in the Alpine Space and beyond
- stimulating social enterprise development and entrepreneurship among nurses.
Funding: Total eligible costs: 2.052.400 EUR / ERDF grant: 1.744.540 EUR.
Innovative training tools for prevention and management of cognitive decline
The ageing of the European population is it serious social and economic challenge that calls for action and innovative solutions at all levels. In connection with ageing, cognitive decline is a phenomenon of growing numeric dimensions, which represent this severe burden for the European families and the healthcare systems.
There is therefore a need to tackle this issue with a strategic perspective, oriented towards prevention and education: health literacy of EU citizens has to improve since it is the basis for allowing people to increase their knowledge, share it within the community, make informed decisions and take action concerning their health
There is a huge amount of health information available both on paper and online across Europe, but if the level of literacy of the population is not adequate, their accessibility becomes almost null, both in terms of capacity to understand them and in terms to find them. Spreading scientifically validated knowledge throughout our communities means huge perspective in the savings in health and social care system, i.e. working towards a more sustainable European society in the long term.
The general purpose of ACDC is to develop a set of innovative training tools addressing the health and digital health literacy issue for the prevention and management of cognitive decline in the elderly population and make them available to the widest possible audience.
- to validate an innovative form of strategic partnership designed to conceive and deliver the most proper health literacy training tools for better ageing and cognitive decline prevention;
- to set up and test an e-learning based edutainment tool for health literacy through a gaming approach and structure;
- to test a viable approach for making the training and educational content available to the widest possible audience of European citizens;
- to deliver the training contents to adults and -through them – to families.
ACDC target groups are adults in the age of 40-60 as main target for prevention and the same young adults together with their family members as target/beneficiaries for increased health literacy for the effective management of elderly family members with cognitive decline.
Coordinated by IAL Nazionale, ACDC partnership is composed by six more partners from Austria, Belgium, Greece and Italy.
ACDC project aims to empower the European adults by making them more informed about their health, to have a change of attitudes of adult people towards healthy behaviours and self-care in order to create a health literacy mentality, to give community and stakeholders a tool to improve the health literacy in our society.
Funding: Total EU contribution: 448.395,00 EUR