Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
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.
To date we worked in state nursing homes, so it was primarily the users that defined the problem and we developed the solution through close collaboration. In general the users are the nursing homes and rarely are they also the funders.
The users would give detailed information about the residents independence, pathologies and daily routine and we would discuss how we could help to make their everyday more welcoming, encouraging and soothing.
We then become the magic paint brushes of the nursing home and create new atmospheres where all feel more at home.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Now approximately a third of our annual projects are in nursing homes.
Repeatedly the staff of nursing homes ask us to find a system to help the elderly find their way and stimulate their memory.
Our artists then create murals representing fun out-door scenes with animals and plants, to help them reconnect with nature and the outside world.
These images rekindle soothing events from the past, promote conversation, create social interaction and help with the orientation in the corridors.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
1) We don't have a strong market presence, as we work where donors ask us to go. We try to focus on pockets and expand from there, whilst improving our communication and marketing.
2) Our projects are more expensive then the local design school, as we work with professionals that have worked in over 100 medical institutions through out Europe and are extremely adaptable and knowledgable. There is a question to improve our impact measurement and show why our projects will bring greater results..