Belgium

Care Living Labs
Action

Care Living Labs have been set up in Flanders to tackle challenges of ageing with an innovative approach: Testing and experimentation spaces have been installed to create new care concepts, services, processes and products together with the end users.

Overview

Within the Care Living Labs new concepts, gadgets, and products that are developed to facilitate daily life of carers and care-dependent or old people can be tested and assessed by the target group in order to improve and adapt them to the peoples’ needs. Thus, the user is not only involved in the evaluation but also the development and adjustment of care innovations.

The project is split up in six pillars that each aims to improve specific parts of daily life. This includes, amongst others, to enable older people to remain in their familiar surrounding longer, despite the need of (complex) care, to tackle social isolation, ensure appropriate housing and affordability of housing, facilitate daily life activities and manage poor health conditions. The six pillars are each conducted by cities or regions of Flanders:

  • Living and Care Labs (LiCalab) in the Kempen region
  • Active Caring Neighbourhood in Antwerp and Brussels
  • InnovAGE in the Leuven region
  • Ageing in Place (AIPA) in the Aalst region
  • Care Ville Limburg, Moving Care in the Genk and Hasselt region
  • Online Neighbourhoods in West-Flanders.
Impact

Through the participation of the target group, new products and processes can be directly adjusted to the user’s needs and enhance older people’s quality of life. Besides, all of this naturally assumes open innovation and a broad ecosystem whereby cooperation partnerships are developed throughout the entire care and value chain. Scale, multidisciplinary and cross-sector co-operation are imperative. The Flemish Government will finance the Care Living Labs for three years.

Ontwikkelen van smaakvolle en nutritioneel aangepaste voeding voor senioren
Action

This year:

  • Interviews and questionnaires in elderly (65+)
  • Interview hostpitals, care homes, primary homecarefacilities (focusgroups)
  • Interview foodcompanies (meals, products, mealcomponentes (focusgroups) List the current situation, problems for every stakeholer, future views.
  • Give an overview of all the gaps in de flowchart (mealcomponent --> senior)
Overview

The consortium exists of both food companies and research institutes. First, a literature review will be conducted. Afterwards both elderly people, food companies and (institutional) caterers will be questioned in order to identify product specifications (e.g. price, packaging). All information will be collected and guidelines will be set up to develop food products adapted to the seniors' needs.

Impact

We’ll provide product specifications. Afterwards, we’ll develop products adapted to elderly people's needs. The offering of these food will both benefit elderly and healthcare workers. Delicious food products with high nutritional value will alter food intake among elderly, which benefits nutritional status and quality of life.

Elderly people with good nutritional status could be longer independent and good nutritionals status shortens time in hospital. This decreases workload for healthcare providers and reduces medical costs.

For more information contact Laura Vanroye.

Still Standing - BOEBS: Blijf Op Eigen Benen Staan
Action

Still Standing is a community project, developed to support the implementation of the Practice guideline for fall prevention in community-dwelling elderly in Flanders. The goal of Still Standing is to prevent falls in community-dwelling older people by stimulating physical activity and creating a safe public and private environment.

Overview

Still Standing is a community project developed by VIGeZ together with the EFF and Flemish Logo’s (Local-regional health consultation and organization) and supported by the Flemish government. The project consists of five steps, where the municipalities are guided to set up a local fall prevention policy. The local government organizes a network, consisting of all local partners in the municipality that work with elderly, who form a project-team. During the organized meetings, this team of partners decides on a local action program existing of a mix of interventions, in consultation with the Logo. This program includes sensibilisation, facilitation and anchoring activities, and activities with links to healthcare. In the following year(s), the team and its partner organizations organize these chosen activities for their community-dwelling elderly or health care professionals. In the final phase, they engage to keep organizing activities (annually), or to sustain changes or activities inside the organization or the municipality, to reduce falls in the future.

Impact