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

The overall aim of the research programme is to contribute new knowledge for the enabling of new services to support senior’s participation in two settings, living at home or in care homes.

This research programme intends to contribute to the development of knowledge-based services for older adults' opportunities for participation. The programme envision a future where persons with impairments can age in a society and experience full participation in valued ways of life, despite health or social losses, functional limitations, entry into a new country, or new digital-mediated online communities.

Over one third of all older adults living in Europe over the age of 75 years old have impairments that restrict them in daily living. This has a profound impact in everyday life for many older adults and also on the cost of public funded services.

Aim of the programme

The research questions are:

  1. Do innovative supportive services meet the older adults’ needs when social isolation is a fact and the older person experience loneliness?
  2. Can a new type of specialized home-help and smart products support older adults back to active engagements and participation in daily life, after ending a medical treatment in hospital?
  3. How can care-homes be re-designed to be enriched and stimulating? Does the re-design contribute to participation, and a feeling a sense of home and well-being? How does the changes impact on the front-line care providers?
  4. Can empowering education and coaching staff in care homes and in home care reduce the experience of stress among the front-line care and the care managers’ providers?

The Future Care Lab is a resource for the programme and in addition a care service platform will be set up to facilitate communication and knowledge transfer

Researchers and doctoral students with the programme