Future Care - for Older Adults in Home Care and Care Homes

This research programme will contribute to the development of knowledge-based services for older adults' participation in everyday life. The programme envisions a future where older adults can age and thrive in society by experiencing full participation in valued ways of life, despite health or social challenges.

Over one-third of all older adults living in Europe over the age of 75 have chronic health conditions that restrict them in daily life. This has a profound impact in everyday life for many older adults and also on health care and social care.

Aim of the programme

The purpose of the research program is to contribute to the development of knowledge-based care for older adults that improves the opportunities for participation and the feeling of being socially included.

The Future Care research program is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Umeå University. The multidisciplinary program also includes collaborations with health care providers in both Västerbotten and the city of Stockholm, including a close collaboration with Reality Lab Stureby. The collaboration also include the districts of Enskede Årsta Vantör, Hässelby-Vällingby and Bromma, as well as Huddinge municipality.

Group leader

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Lena Rosenberg

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The programme consists of five research projects:

Stay In Touch – To promote social participation and reduce loneliness among seniors who are supported by home care – Project manager: Ingeborg Nilsson, Umeå University.

ASSIST- a reablement program with ICT support - Project manager: Susanne Guidetti, Karolinska Institutet.

Older adults perception of homecare quality in relation to staff work environment – Project manager: Anne-Marie Boström, Karolinska Institutet.

System dynamics modelling of work and service in homecare - Project manager: Sebastiaan Meijer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Re-thinking shared spaces - How common spaces in nursing homes can be designed to contribute to a good everyday life – Project manager: Lena Rosenberg, Karolinska Institutet.

Researchers and doctoral students

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