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    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

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    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.

     

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    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

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Healthy ageing and long-term care

Eurodiaconia runs a network on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care for members to engage in policy discussions related to ageing and care for older people, feeding into Eurodiaconia's advocacy work, and to share experiences and best practice in care for older people.

In the context of demographic change Eurodiaconia has focussed on services for older people. With Members Eurodiaconia drew up a policy paper in 2009 outlining the challenges members see in the field and proposing recommendations. This was developed and revised in 2014.

Key Eurodiaconia documents:

In 2012 a publication entitled "Ageing Well: Together" was launched which features reflections from Eurodiaconia and Heinz K. Becker MEP, recommendations and projects and services from members focusing on ensuring social inclusion for older people.

The European Commission published a working paper on long-term care in 2013, a briefing can be found below:

Eurodiaconia has been involved in the Coalition for the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between generations 2012 (EY2012) working for a stronger recognition of the role of social and health services in ensuring active ageing, independent living. Eurodiaconia contributed to the coalition's brochure which makes recommendations for different types of stakeholders on how to promote active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. The Roadmap provides an overview of of activities that the Coalition commit to undertaking in 2012 to ensure that all  relevant stakeholders will be actively involved in the  implementation of the  EY2012 and the European Union will do its outmost to complement and support Member States’ actions aiming at creating an Age-Friendly European Union  by 2020.

To learn more about healthy ageing and elderly care work in Eurodiaconia, please contact Laura Jones on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Every euro invested in assisted living communities for older people brings 2.26 in return

17 October 2013

A recent study by the Vienna University of Economics and Business shows the positive social and economic impacts of a group of assisted living communities for elderly people, as they calculate that every euro invested there brings 2.2.6 euro in return. The authors analysed the outcomes of services offered by the company ‘Miteinander leben’, which is part of Eurodiaconia’s member organisation Diakonie Austria.

The form of assisted living provided by ‘Miteinander leben’ in 15 different municipialities of Steiermark allows elderly people to live in independent flats. At the same time, they have access to health and social services, the building is disability-friendly and recreational activities are offered on a weekly basis. In 2012, 209 people lived in such housing and 27 employees were working there. In the same year, the project in Graz of ‘Miteinander leben’ received the Eurodiaconia award as it promotes active ageing within residential care and the community and supports integrative service provision.

In order to measure the social impact of assisted living communities, the authors of the study did a SROI analysis (in German). This method focuses on the various stakeholders who are affected by the project and quantifies the outcomes for each group according to indicators and proxy indicators.

Through a SROI analysis, the authors highlight how this form of ‘assisted living’ not only improves the general wellbeing of elderly people, but also creates new quality jobs, improves relationships between relatives (as it relieves the burden of informal care) and reduces financial costs for municipalities. 

You can find more information on the company 'Miteinander leben' here

 
Save the date - Active ageing for the oldest in society: How can services and new technology contribute?

A Lunchtime Round Table Discussion

December 5th, 2013
12:45 -15:30
Rue Joseph II 166

You are warmly invited to join a discussion on how to ensure our increasingly ageing population can live a life in dignity, staying healthy and active for as long as possible.

The 2012 European Year brought issues relating to healthy ageing and long term care to the fore and Eurodiaconia would like to keep them high on the EU agenda. What ethical and social implications are there from the increased use of technology for independent living? How far can activities for the oldest people, including those experiencing illness, increase healthy life years and how can we ensure self-determination for all? What role for the EU institutions in promoting active and healthy ageing?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the discussions, chaired by Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP. Participants will hear practical examples from service providers from the Eurodiaconia network.

Church City Mission Oslo will present a joint project with the SINTEF research institute on electronic tracking and how it affects the independence, integrity and dignity for persons with dementia and their relatives. Diakonie Hessen from Germany will present how members of local sports clubs and diaconal volunteers integrate people with dementia and their relatives in regular sports activities as well as specially created group exercise classes. Slezská Diakonie from the Czech Republic will give an overview of their work with older people, the challenges they face in ensuring healthy, active lives for the oldest in society and how they could be overcome.

Wojciech Dziworski, Head of Sector "Innovation and healthy ageing", DG SANCO, will respond from the point of view of the Commission's work and Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP will give his perspective.

You are also invited to join a networking lunch which will take place from 12.45. Email Laura Jones to be kept informed or for more information. Registration will open a month before the event.

 
Can tele-care services respond to increasing demand for long-term health care?

As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, a workshop was organised by the REgioNs of Europe WorkINg toGether for HEALTH to discuss the results of a four-year European research project on Tele-healthcare.

Facing an ageing society and decreasing labour force within the care sector, the project looked at the use of ICT in healthcare provision. According to the speakers, the delivery of care should be moved to patients themselves, hence giving them a more central role in ‘managing’ their illnesses.

The team implemented 21 large scale trials in nine European regions (selected according to their health care systems) hence highlighting regional differences. For example, in countries with an already well established health care system, providing ‘telecare’ could be seen as a way to reduce costs. On the other hand, in countries with a less developed health care system this type of provision of care could be seen as a way to improve the quality of health care.

The speakers highlighted the largely positive results so far with feedback confirming patients’ satisfaction with the services provided. It also seems that in some regions, the rate of hospitalisation as well as the number of visits to emergency departments has decreased as a result of the implementation of ‘telecare’ services. Finally, one speaker argued contrary to common perception, that video consultations between hospital based nurses and patients at their home (see Denmark) do foster a caring and trusting relationship – i.e. what the speaker called ‘digital proximity’. The final results of this project will be published and made publicly available by summer 2014. The research is going to expand to a new project called United4Health.

It nonetheless remains questionable if a measure aimed at reducing costs can be combined with an improvement of the quality of care for both patients and social-and healthcare workers.

You can find more information on the different projects here

 
Major reforms needed to improve the quality of care for older people says OECD report

25 June 2013

The number of people over 80 will almost triple by 2060 and is estimated that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily activities. Most countries have legislation to prevent abuse yet according to a new OECD report sponsored by the European Commission, very few countries systematically measure whether long-term care is safe, effective, and meets the needs of care recipients and families and public authorities are already struggling to deliver and pay for high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities.

The report "A good life in old age?" was presented at the conference on "Preventing abuse and neglect of older persons in Europe" which marked the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June. The conference was organized by the European Commission and the United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

The report calls on all governments to ensure that the necessary information on long-term care quality is available to the public, as is practice in England, Finland, Germany, Ireland and some other countries do this now, allowing users to compare the quality of different care providers.

 
Eurodiaconia members gather in Budapest to share experience on dementia

1 July 2013

22 participants gathered at the offices of host Reformed Church of Hungary on the 4th and 5th June for the third annual meeting of Eurodiaconia’s Healthy Ageing and Elderly Care Network. The focus topic was working with people with dementia and members shared their challenges as well as good practice in meeting those challenges.

small group 1Discussions included the Alzheimer Café concept and how to better support relatives of people with dementia as well as the need to raise awareness among the public of dementia and methods that could prevent it. Another exchange saw a sharing of experience on how to measure improving the quality of life through activities and therapies and the importance of training staff to take an empowering supportive approach to avoid “over-care” and creating unnecessary dependencies.

Presentations were also given by Hungarian experts on the situation of older people and care services in Hungary and the group visited the Albert Schweitzer care home of the Reformed Church in Hungary to discuss their work.plenary part

Laura Jones outlined the relevant EU level activities in the field of long-term care (for example the Commission Staff Working Document – see here for more information). Many people shared their positive experiences of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2013, explaining how activities had increased public awareness of ageing issues and had brought experts together.

The report from the Network meeting can be found here and presentations will be online soon. For more information please contact Laura Jones on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

An article in Hungarian can be found here.

 
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