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), 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.
The whole idea of network was developed in one year of intensive communication between potential end-users, user organizations, different professional associations from health and social area in cooperation with service providers and their associations, but everything was based on almost 50 years of experiences in LTC and over 10 years of cooperation with software company that provided informational background for the whole network. We also included European charter of rights of elderly developed in AGE We-Do project which is part of all legal commitments that all partners have to accept to participate in the network.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
The solution is designed to constantly grow and improve but basic principles were defined during the development phase. After putting the network in operation we checked all principles and processes on case to case base and slightly modified them during first 3 months of operation. After that period we didn`t find the need to change the main principles and we only applied them and supported growth of the network on the side of client demand and participating partners.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
Our initiative in like a snow bowl so at this point we estimate that service will constantly grow. But we need to maintain constant growth and reach as soon as possible the point when contributions of providers of payed services will enable us to cover the operational and development costs. This risk can be reduced with different ways of support of our network though sponsors and other contributors which can make significantly easier period until the whole network will be economically self-sufficient. Even this award that we are applying for can significantly contribute to positive promotion of the network and shorten the time until we reach economical sustainability of the whole network.