Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Health literacy and patient empowerment, Personalized health management, Integrated care for chronic conditions, Assisted daily living, Independent living solutions, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering).
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Momentarily we're testing the website and it's functions with a small test panel of caregivers including ourselves. In September we'll start a 'bigger' trial in the municipality of Amsterdam. So far it's great to get feedback from our panel. Besides bugs and other minor improvements they are positive about the website and more relevant are eager to start using and the website for real. Next to users, clients are curious about the concept and are following every move we make. We've already spoken to some major organizations and local governments about implementing our tools in their care plans.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
The biggest barrier for social media platforms to work is to create volume. However at BLOOMILY the person in need or the caregiver is not dependent of any existing other user. He/she creates his/her own network of caregivers. So even if only 3 people would apply for BLOOMILY within the same network, it can proof it's use.
Dealing with government and local politics to promote our solution can however be a burden. In short: it takes time.
At the same time the market of potential users and therefore the need of an efficient and effective solution like BLOOMILY keeps on growing. Society tends to get older, have less children, start living more apart, and seems to indulge computers, internet and technical solutions more and more. Budgets are increasing, skilled staff is hard to come by, and we'll all have to take care of someone sometime.