France

Multidimensional integrated services to support independent living at home for people with chronic conditions (Autonom@Dom)
Action

The aim of Autonom@Dom® is to bring together tele-asistance and remote medicine in a single service, adapted to the needs of people at risk of loss of autonomy, suffering from chronic illness or recovering from hospitalisation, to people who are in need of care but want to stay at home.

 

Overview

Autonom@Dom® covers telecare, telehealth and telemedicine, personal and household services and medical assistance available 24/7 through a telephone helpline. Autonom@dom is based on a call-center and an open software platform for service integration, acting as a one-stop shop for demands and needs for health care and social care from different stakeholders (professionals, older people, families, social workers, carers). It is based on the cooperation between health and social care professionals, the private and the public sector and enabled by ICT and data sharing and analysis.

Besides the professional coordination centred on the individual need of the person, services will be proposed to different cohorts of users:

  • Retired people: Support for personal management and empowerment, based on physical activity, cognitive stimulation, nutritional education and social activities.
  • Seniors at risk of losing their independence: A prevention program plus a fall prevention program and remote surveillance and monitoring of motor and cognitive activity
  • Patients suffering from chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy): The same package for the group above plus integrated care and remote surveillance and monitoring
  • Patients suffering from cancer: Coordination of health care and social care, scalability of home services, secondary prevention and remote surveillance
  • A one-stop front office for anyone facing health or social difficulties, or looking for a home service.
Impact
  • Housing: increase the number of older people living independently
  • Social participation: increase the number of older people who are socially active
  • Communication and information: increase in communication and information suitable for targeted at older people
To get older in good health
Action

Information packages providing advice to young and future retirees on physical activity, nutrition and other health promotion and health prevention issues.

Overview

In the frame of its campaign 'To get older in a god health' INPES broadcasts advertorials for young and future retirees devoted to physical activity, nutrition, emotional and mental health as well as prevention and health lifestyles. The advertorials present stories and deliver advice to help people aged 55 to 65 years to adopt behaviors favorable to healthy and autonomously ageing.

The design of these six advertorials is based on the results of a pre-test conducted in September 2012. This study identified a communication axis in line with expectations, attitudes and behaviors of young seniors, already sensitized to health related issues through health magazines, medical or prevention campaigns. The publications were treated according to a cross-determinants approach. For each health topic, the socio-economic target population was taken into consideration also emphasising issues of social cohesion, intergenerational relations or the use of new technologies. The proposed activities, are easy to access (hiking, brisk walking, etc.) and include activities for couples and individuals based on respect for the different gender preferences.

The advertorials will be distributed through a number of publications - Full Life , Our Time and Version Femina - from January until June 2013.

Impact

The advertorials invite readers to ponder globally on various health topics. Advice is suitable for everyone and easily applicable to daily life. Physical activity, diet, emotional and mental health (memory, concentration, etc.), prevention and health lifestyles are the topics discussed and are presented in the form of testimony, based on scenes and cases of everyday life.

 

Baluchon Initiative
Action

Providing temporary relief for care-givers of Alzheimer patients

Overview

This French project gives support to care-givers of Alzheimer patients by providing them with the ability to take a longer-term break from caring. Families usually prefer to care for Alzheimer sufferers at home and for as long as possible. A range of services giving care-givers a break, such as day-care centres or a few hours respite care, have been in existence for some years. But when care-givers need a few days of physical and mental rest, the only service offered is a temporary shelter, usually provided by long-term care centres, but this is a very stressful solution for Alzheimer sufferers. This provided the impetus behind the creation of the Baluchon initiative, which intended to provide the patient's relatives with a complete break for a week or two without having to move their relative out of his or her home. A trained volunteer comes to the home to care for the patient while the family is away. The initiative originated in Canada and has spread to Europe.

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Fifti - New Professional Dynamics after 45
Action

Co-funded by the Europe Social Fund, FIFTI is an online system in French providing a number of tools to help optimize people's careers after the age of 45. It provides specific information, guidance and support to both employers and workers aged 45+ on a range of topics: skills; training; well-being; preparing for retirement; motivation; workplace risks; and dialogue between employers and employees.

Overview

The ongoing project aims to help people anticipate ageing in the workplace, challenging fears and negative preconceptions, and opening the way for new solutions and approaches to the continued employment of older workers.

Impact