HOLIDAYS FOR CARE HOME RESIDENTS

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HOLIDAYS FOR CARE HOME RESIDENTS

Vienna, Austria
Project Stage:
Established
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Aim is to give elderly people also the possibility to make holidays in new, inspiring surroundings with professional care conditions.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Elderly people in nursing homes often are in danger to have a lack of activation, which can lead to physical and psychical degradation. Without a professional program to keep (or regain) their ADLs (activities of daily life), they often would loose their available abilities rather quickly. The established Seniorenbetreuung (“aged care services”) help a lot to deal with this problem of threatening inactivity and their negative effects. Meanwhile there is a big variety of aged care services in nursing homes (i.e. talking-, music-, needlework- and many other groups and social events). However, except of day trips there is no offer for longer trips. The main reason are the special requirements of people in need of care which cannot be guaranteed in ordinary holiday facilities. Although there are one-day excursions with residents of nursing homes, there were desires uttered in the context of another idea of SeneCura, the so-called “Jahreswunsch” (wish of the year). Some of the elderly told that they were used to travel in the past and still feel the desire to do so.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

SeneCura wanted to support these wishes and therefore developed the idea of the so-called Urlaubsaustausch (“holiday exchange”) and implemented it in their SeneCura nursing homes in Austria. That means that every year each SeneCura nursing home organises the transfer of a few residents to another nursing home and vice versa. The elderly people can gain new impressions and new perspectives and can get off the everyday routine for five days. The big number of nursing homes which SeneCura can provide is a phantastic selection to travel to interesting places where nursing homes of SeneCura are located. They get to know new friends, see new surroundings and attractive sightseeings. During all five days one or more experienced nurses accompany the elderly travellers.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

2009 started five of our residents to the most western province of Austria in order to make holidays in Vorarlberg, a land with breathtaking mountains. At the same time five elderly persons came from there to make holidays in Lower Austria, in Pöchlarn, which is famous for ancient Roman buildings and history. The blue Danube flows in a distance of a few hundred meters from the modern care home which integrates a castle from the 14th century. The world famous Stift Melk was one of the attractions in this region which was awaiting our guests from Vorarlberg. The five visitors moved in the rooms of our residents which were now in Vorarlberg. Excited by our location the elderly "holiday-makers", most of them aged 80+, enjoyed at first the welcome cocktail in our garden and the talk to our staff. The prepared "tourist program" included a big variety of sight-seeing for our guests, who were accompanied by two trusted nurses from Vorarlberg. On the second day they were invited to have supper in an original restaurant with the management. They also enjoyed the stroll by the vineyards and the "Heurigen" (tavern selling homegrown wine) and many more activities in and around Pöchlarn.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

As far as I know there is no such thing as "holiday exchange" among the competitors.
About You
About You
First Name

Harald

Last Name

Haidvogl

Implementer(s) and cooperation partners
Name

SeneCura Kliniken- und HeimebetriebsgmbH

Type

Private company

Country where main implementer is located

, WIE, Vienna

How long has the main implementer been operating?

More than 5 years

Please provide a short description of the main implementer.

The SeneCura Group runs 83 health- and care facilities in Austria and in Switzerland and is regarded in both countries as one of the market- and innovation leaders. With more than 3.500 employees offers SeneCura 62 nursing- and rehabilitationscenters and sheltered accommodations solely in Austria. Highest standard in nursing, post-operative remobilisation, etc. and innovative handling with dementia patients. Every care facility is both for public and private clients. SeneCura has won several awards: Best Employer 2011 and among the top ten at the European Business Award 2011.

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Problem and solution
Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?

Integrated care for chronic conditions, Assisted daily living, Age friendly buildings, environments, and communities.

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Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.

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Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.

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How long has your solution been in operation?

for more than 5 years

Please select the relationship between your solution and related solutions currently established in our society. Is your solution…

adaptive (your solution builds on existing solutions and is improving them without radically changing them)

What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?

The are no obstacles so far.

Organization and funding
Regularly paid employees

4-5

Volunteers
Trainees
External advisers and experts
Others (please specify)
What are the specific professional backgrounds and competencies your team brings to the initiative?

Certified social pedagogues, nurses. They bring in good knowledge in organisation, communication, much experience in dealing with elderly people and to meet their needs.

Please describe your management or coordination structure in the initiative.

The management of the homes decide which nursing home shall be the holiday target. They contact each other and make the arrangements. The certified social pedagogues arrange the other issues like number of participants and the holiday program etc. The nurses can apply to accompany the participants.

Please provide the total yearly budget in Euro that your initiative spends on implementing the solution.
National public funding

0%

European Union public funding

0%

Economic return from own products/services

100%

Foundations and philanthropy capital

0%

Single donations from private individuals

0%

Donations from private companies

0%

Crowdfunding platforms

0%

Participation fees

0%

Other (please specify)

0%

Target group, scale and impact
Which target group(s) do you want to reach with your solution?

Elderly People (male, female) which are in SeneCura nursing homes and unable to organise holidays by themselfes or by family although they want to leave for a holiday trip.

Please estimate the number of persons within your target group (users, clients, etc.) that you currently reach directly with your solution.
In which local/regional/national area(s) is the solution currently implemented?

in 8 of 9 countries of Austria but Vienna (but is within reach from Lower Austria)

What is the impact on your target group (users, clients) you want to generate?

The impact is to inspire, to encourage elderly people to enjoy life and to avoid any decline of abilities as far as it is possible or to make them capable of doing things by their own as long as possible.

What is the wider impact on society you want to generate?

To add another part to the vision / mission that a nursing home can be an appropriate or even a wonderful place to live. To take away the fear of people that one has to give up his or her personal freedom. To assure that life goes on even at this stage of life.

What are the impacts on your target group you already achieved?

To enjoy life, to have fun, to come back with new motivation and enthusiasm. To have much to tell to friends, family and staff. To feel happy and thankful. To keep contact to new acquaintances.

How has the impact of your initiative been assessed?

Experience-based self-assessment (you assessed the impacts based on your experiences with the target group), Feedback-based self-assessment (you assessed the impacts based on feedback from the target group without using specific methods).

Public information and strategy
What information on your initiative is publicly available?

Please indicate webpage or contact for obtaining the respective information.
What are your milestones for further developing, implementing, and establishing your initiative in the next three years? Please describe 1-3 milestones.

to increase the amount of the elderly travellers

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