The follow-on project from Ageing I focuses not on promoting independence in the home but on the integration of the elderly in their direct living environment (neighbourhood) with the aid of technology.
Initial objectives in a policy for the aged and in models and pilot studies for helping the elderly emphasise the need for greater integration and coordination of the various services with a view to person-centred care and active participation and involvement by the elderly themselves. Models – with titles such as "Case Management" or "Integrative Health and Social Areas" or "Neighbourhood Help" – examine different possibilities for coordinating services and for recruiting more volunteers to care for the elderly.
This research project looked at ways in which technology can be used in the various models, all of which have a common thread, namely the idea of allowing the elderly to remain in a familiar living environment, even when physically or mentally handicapped and/or in need of care.
Apart from describing the organisation, spread, costs, scope, involvement of volunteers, etc., in the different European coordination and neighbourhood models, two categories of technology were considered: technologies to help planning and coordination, i.e. information technologies; and technologies that make paid or voluntary helpers accessible (e.g. service switchboards, telephone chains, pagers).
12/1995 - 12/1997