Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Personalized health management, Prevention and early diagnosis of functional and cognitive decline, Integrated care for chronic conditions, Assisted daily living, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering), Age friendly buildings, environments, and communities.
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.
An analysis of needs and problem concerning elderly people in Luxembourg was carried out by a variety of healthcare professionals (psycologists, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) . An evaluation was then presented to the Red Cross and compared with the findings of the Red Cross health services. Both studies showed that isolation, depression and lack of stimulation were present in a high rate amongst sick, elderly people which indicated that we rapidly needed to find a solution to encourage healthy ageing. Healthcare professionals are involved in ensuring that a mobile care package is created for every participant and that medication and care needs are fully communicated to the staff who lead the trip. This is usually achieved in a prebriefing with every participants carer.
Users also have an important role to play in developing the solution, particularly when we were in the early stages of implementing the project. Evaluation forms are filled in by all participants to ensure that the best services are provided, such as transport, hotels etc. users also have a say in which activities they would like to do and can suggest places to visit.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
In 2007, our first group of 12 clients participated in our holiday programme. A thorough evaluation was carried out including every aspect of the procedure. For example, in the transport field, participants identified that longer breaks and a toilet on the bus would be useful. This was then included in the programme for the following year.
We’ve now been running the programme for around 6 years and we have a procedure in place which has been developed over the years to define the steps thus facilitating the organization. 1. Chose of location, transport and acitivites confirmed with the tour operator 2. Clients register via our registration system 3. Skilled Supervising staff confirmed 4. Meetings between healthcare professionsals to analyse each participants health and care requirements 5. Care programme developed for the activity 6. Daily meetings of the care team throughout the programme 7. Satisfaction questionnaire distributed at the end of their stay to evaluate all aspects 8. General evaluation between carers during the programme, and those who care for the client on a daily basis at home.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
We currently feel like we have developed a solid, well structured programme. The main factor holding us back is funding. We have tried to develop the best possible option to finance the programme; The participant pays for their participation in an accitivty or holiday which is the true costs of the holiday plus one quarter of the price for a healthcare worker. Health care workers wages are cofinanced by healthcare insurance and the Red Cross.
Funding is now required to to pay for overhead costs to help us to expand. We hope to provide more recreational and cultural activities and more opportunities for holidays throughout the year to make sure that we can improve the lives of more people and to reach out to the whole of Luxembourg. For this we need to extend our working hours