Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Health literacy and patient empowerment, Prevention and early diagnosis of functional and cognitive decline, 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.
One of the stakeholders is the municipality. The chairman of the Social Board and the top executive in the municiaplity always participate in the board meetings where we continuously discuss how the implementation of the Tubbe model can be further developed. These meetings take place several times each year.
The most important stakeholders are the users, i.e. the seniors. From the coming the autmumn they will also have a seat in the board of Tubberödshus, next to the representatives of the municipality and the employees and with and equal say.
A concrete example is the workgroup meetings in the pedagogical group. We learned that one of our seniors had expertise in how to organize meetings by using agendas and protocols in a more professional way. By utilizing this expertise we could improve structure and the efficiency of our meetings. This was also an opportunity for seniors and co-workers to get to know each other better and to be able to exchange ideas and suggestions in a natural and efficient way around a common theme.
We regularly use external experts and consultants to train our staff and for continuing education.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
The quality of the activity is evaluated twice a year through a survey where the seniors anonymously can rate different aspects of how the Tubbe model works for them.
The most recent evaluation is from February 2013. On a 1-10 scale, 86 % of seniors said they were very satisfied (scores 8-10) with the degree of perceived security, 95% with the way they were approached by staff, 90% with how well their opinions and suggestions were received and 90% said they were very satisfied with the quality of food. When asked to make a summary judgement of how satisfied they were with living in Tubberödshus, 95% said they were very satisfied.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
We see no major obstacles to continue with the Tubbe model, but we think it is important that we stick to the basic concept of the model while developing and refining it further. All activities need refinement and development. At the same time it is important that progress is gradual to give room for everybody to participate and feel included in the process.
Our next step to give official power positions to seniors will probably give rise to thoughts and reflections. This should not be a problem, but rather imply a healthy transition of perspectives and also a more mature perception of what elderly care should be about.
The co-worker perspective is also gradually changing to imply more responsibility. Also in this case a gradual change will be needed due to individual differences and to the different kinds of support that will be needed for different persons. Problems that could arise are not related to the change itself, but could arise if we see a dilemma in the fact that people are different.