Projects

Appropriate Elderly Housing

Increasing population ageing has an impact with regard to housing that is not to be underestimated. In order to formulate an appropriate answer to this, it is necessary to sufficiently diversify the housing possibilities for the elderly: together with a balanced offering of residential care facilities, an adequate offering of residences appropriate to the course of life (adapted or adaptable) must also be provided. In this way, the elderly, even with less self-reliance or an increasing need for care, can continue to live in their familiar environment.

Assisted living neighborhoods

In Aalst, there are many new assisted living projects in the starting blocks, involving plans for both new housing units and new care facilities. This is the perfect opportunity to supplement these new neighbourhoods with the most innovative insights when it comes to caring for the elderly so that they can stay in their homes, and the areas they know and love, as long as possible.

ASSISTED LIVING NEIGHBOURHOODS

In Aalst, there are many new assisted living projects in the starting blocks, involving plans for both new housing units and new care facilities. This is the perfect opportunity to supplement these new neighbourhoods with the most innovative insights when it comes to caring for the elderly so that they can stay in their homes, and the areas they know and love, as long as possible.

CardioCoach

Among seniors, heart failure (HF) is the most significant cause of hospitalization. Furthermore, life expectancy is unfavorable. The prognosis for HF patients can be improved to a significant extent through correct medicinal treatment. The CARDICOACH project, by making use of ICT, wishes to offer caregivers the opportunity to continuously monitor patients' medical parameters, symptoms and side effects at a distance and to also adapt the therapy to the care needs of the patient. Additionally, the patient is supported by a smartphone application, the objective being to encourage therapy compliance and patient involvement.

Developing informal (neighborhood) care networks

The “Informal (neighborhood) care networks” project wants, through a broader vision of care, to develop a working model that makes informal care visible and creates, facilitates, supports and valorizes informal (neighborhood) care networks. By deploying informal (neighborhood) care networks, the quality of life of seniors increases and their independence rises, so that they can continue to live at home in a quality manner and are removed from their social isolation.

Diabetes management

The diabetes management project within InnovAGE pursues improvements in the "quantity and quality" of life of diabetes patients in residential care centers.

Elderly Test

“Living at home for a long time is great but the risk of isolation is real. Elderly people should be able to participate in public life as long as possible. This is why we need the Ouderentoets: screening of the infrastructure as well as the total services of the (city) administration. This has not yet happened anywhere in Flanders. The methodology must first be developed, and then also effectively applied and realized. At the end of the project, a method must be available that can also be applied by other local administrations."

Home delivery of medications (from the home pharmacist to the patient)

The demand for home care continues to rise. The new project - home delivery of medications - wants to address this need. By means of this service, the pharmacist can have medications (prescribed as well as over-the-counter) and medical aids - by appointment - delivered to the home. Naturally, all of this takes place in a safe and controlled manner by means of complete traceability of the pharmaceutical products, and with absolute respect for the privacy of the patient. Furthermore, home delivery of medication can be combined with other products.

IMP

Individual Medication Preparation (IMP) is a process whereby a pharmacist prepares medication, individualized per patient, on the basis of a current medication program. The "IMP for the vulnerable person needing care who lives at home" project intends to semi-automatically conceptualize this process. In this way, IMP can be utilized in ambulatory healthcare in a flexible, cost-effective and reliable manner and can extend the self-reliance of the person in need of care by means of proper use of medication and increased therapy compliance. The project mainly aims at patients with type 2 diabetes and informal caregivers of demented persons needing care who live at home.

Jobtime

This project wishes to make efficient use of the job time of high-quality caregivers by means of a virtual career platform across the care and welfare organizations. In this way it offers an answer to the large and ever-increasing need for employees in the care and welfare sector.

LIATO (low impact assistive technoloy for the elderly)

The LIATO project researches how the placing of discrete technology in the home can increase the quality of life of elderly persons living independently. The focus here is on communication and intuitive interface technology which supports the elderly in their own living environment, providing a sense of safe and secure living for both the elderly person living alone as well as their family.

Neighborhood in Action

The objective of this project is, on the one hand, to increase the well-being among people over 65 by focusing on social contacts, meaningfulness and, on the other hand, finding practical solutions for minor support requests outside of family and professional care. We wish to achieve this by creating new, sustainable connections in the district. In this project we focus on 2 connection pathway.

Prevention of unplanned readmissions of vulnerable elderly persons: an integrated care process for the emergency and first-line service

A growing group of patients visiting the emergency room are those 65 or older. Approximately one-third to one-half of these visits of the elderly to the emergency room result in hospital admission. After being diagnosed in the emergency room and carrying out the necessary treatment, a large number of these elderly patients are immediately sent home. Within a short to medium length of time, a large number of these patients (12 to 30%) are making return, unplanned visits to the emergency room. An unplanned return visit to the emergency room is often caused by a variety of factors. A complaint that was not completely treated during the hospital stay, discharge plans that were not adapted, the presence of chronic complaints with frequent symptom flare-up, irregular home care follow-up, and the traits of the patient and the hospital can play a role in this. International literature shows that setting up transitional care models between the hospitals and the home care can prevent unplanned readmissions. These transitional care models combine the strengths of an evaluation specifically oriented towards the elderly patients staying in the hospital and good cooperation with those outside the hospital.

Rehabilitation of patients with lacunar stroke in short-stay units: a vision for the future of high-quality and affordable care

Many patients are left seriously disabled after a CVA. During a stay in a specialized stroke unit, an interdisciplinary team (with medical knowledge, physiotherapy, ergotherapy, speech therapy, and nursing care) is responsible for estimating the rehabilitation needs and the patient's potential before the rehabilitation process can begin. There is a group of patients who need rehabilitation, but unfortunately their rehabilitation potential is considered to be too low, due to a variety of reasons. This may be due to the seriousness of the CVA, previous physical and mental functions of the patient, or that the patient's stamina does not allow it at that particular moment. These patients are in need of rehabilitation, though not with the intensity offered in a traditional rehabilitation unit. There is currently no clear and/or appropriate care protocol for these patients.

Safe mobility among seniors

This project wishes to promote the mobility in traffic, and thereby the quality of life, of elderly people with a cognitive disability by, on the one hand, developing efficient screening of driving ability and tailored training, and on the other hand by working out high quality and appropriate mobility provisions when driving a car is no longer possible.

Social broker

The ageing population presents a great many challenges. One of the greatest challenges is to determine how professional care, together with informal care and volunteer work, can provide a solution to both the current and future care needs of this growing and all-more heterogeneous group of elderly persons in our society. In this context, the authorities are geared strongly towards socializing care. In this project, we also want to strengthen the care networks of the elderly, with particular attention for the elderly in a vulnerable position.

Troeven

By means of this project, the consortium surrounding Troeven/Time2Care wants to develop a 'care currency’ for and by the elderly. In this way, the elderly person is not only seen as needing care, but also as care provider. In Troeven, citizens, and in particular elderly citizens, are rewarded for informal care, neighborhood services and volunteer work. Participants can earn credits that are mainly issued by other participants from the network, but that also can be redeemed. The care currency promotes ‘active citizenship’, promotes the community feeling and in this way contributes to a more caring society. The valuable cross-fertilization between young and old is also an important objective.

Val-net: development of a care network prototype for the improvement of therapy compliance to prevent falling in elderly people with a higher risk of falling and living at home

Falling and the negative consequences (physical and emotional as well as social-economic) associated with it is a serious problem among the population of elderly persons living at home and, due to the growing number of elderly persons, this problem is increasing. There is proof that interdisciplinary interventions decrease the number of falls. However, in clinical practice, these interventions do not seem to be applied optimally and the problem of falling remains a serious problem.