SOCIALCARE’s statement on the International Day of Older Persons

Brussels, Belgium, 01. October 2016

Supportive neighborhoods for later life years – the SOCIALCARE Project

Since 2015 the project group of SOCIALCARE is developing a new approach to revive community living for support in health care and social life in the classical neighborhood setting. To reach this aim an internet platform is established and shall be available for communities to start to exchange support offers and requests for action in the daily life and also for health related actions.

Health related support can range from a simple chat at the doorstep or a walk together in the city to a visit in a Café or a theater. More direct actions are also concerned, like giving a hand in getting up from the floor or opening the medication rack is possible. Daily life can be complicated for some people in certain periods of life. And sometimes help is directly available by neighbors. This idea of re-socialisation and reviving social activities and bonds in communities on a very local level is supported by the European Commission and the distinct partner countries of Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain.

About the project:

SOCIALCARE supports informal care and volunteering work at local level through online communities.

SOCIALCARE is about connecting people and caring for people. This care can be supported by home automation systems, professional care services or just by a visit from your neighbor. It can also be supported with body-worn sensors to measure for example blood sugar or heart rate to support health records and medication control.

SOCIALCARE fosters learning and teaching as an aspect of social living and support. In an academy-like style, an eLearning platform is set up and provides lectures about principles of care, first aid and the use of new technology. Furthermore, people have the chance to provide lectures by themselves so they can share their personal “best-practices”.

SOCIALCARE provides a full scope system for communities and carers of all kinds to bring the social aspects of health care back in our life.

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Project partners:
1.    The National Foundation for the Elderly (NL)
2.    Eerste Verdieping Internet Communities (NL)
3.    LIFEtool gemeinnützige GmbH (AT)
4.    University of Applied Science Upper Austria (AT)
5.    Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH (AT)
6.    Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas (ES)
7.    Worldline (ES)
8.    Johanniter International (BE)