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Community Areas of Sustainable Care And Dementia Excellence in Europe

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

The Health and Europe Centre

Start Date

01/04/2017

End Date

31/03/2023

Project budget

9 324 211

ERDF amount

5 594 527

ERDF rate

60%

    About

    Common challenge

    The 65+ age cohort is rising from 18.2% of total EU population to 28.7% by 2080, creating an explosion in demand for elderly care services, currently unmet appropriately. Patients are often 'parked' in expensive hospital beds as there is no suitable local service provision. Dementia services cost the EU €130bn p.a; 3 of the 4 countries have higher than average dementia rates >1.55%. To avoid overwhelming health systems, new approaches are needed for elderly/dementia care (EDC) across all ages with wide applicability across different cultural/social settings which crucially must be financially sustainable.
    To date new developments have focused on removing the people living with dementia (PLWD) to a safe place rather than providing a porous continuum of care that enables them to stay in their own home as long as possible.
    The challenge is to provide sustainable person-centred programmes of care support in local communities.

    Main Achievements

    Ageing is one of the major societal challenges and currently there is a gap between the needs of the elderly and the way care services are organised and produced. CASCADE is providing a new approach to care of the elderly and people living with dementia (PLWD) with their needs and social interaction at the heart of the model. It will integrate them more closely with their local communities and provide an emphasis on PLWD staying in their own homes for as long as possible in a safe and supported way.

    To date the project has built two new facilities in the UK, both officially opening in the autumn of 2019: the Harmonia Village in Dover and Harmony House in Medway. Harmony House received its first guests in December 2019. The CASCADE model of care is being implemented in all four sites now across the partnership: two in the UK and two in Belgium. 2019 has seen the tourism element of the model (the accommodation for short stay holidays for PLWD) being officially opened in Kortijk and the first visitors experiencing the offer. A significant amount of work is being done with the local communities in each of the sites and site visits/tours are taking place to engage existing and new stakeholders.

    The CASCADE training programme has been developed and delivery of some of the modules continues via face to face sessions. The online learning platform for these modules is being explored and will be available in 2020.

    The project overall is attracting a significant amount of media interest, at a local and national level. Television, radio and newspaper articles have all featured CASCADE. Academic papers have been published and attendance at significant events, such as Alzheimer Europe Conference continue to generate further interest in the project and what is being achieved.

    2019 has been an exiciting year for the project and 2020 looks to be even more so. All partner delivery sites will be implementing the CASCADE model of care and data collection will continue so that robust evaluation is available at project end.

    Partnership

    Partners

    East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

    Medway Community Healthcare

    Canterbury Christ Church University

    ZorgSaam

    Emmaus

    Expertisecentrum Dementie Vlaanderen

    Woon en Zorg H. Hart vzw

    HZ University of Applied Sciences

    Université de Lille

    Outputs

    Theme
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    28/02/2019

    A suite of telemedicine & technology solutions combining existing technology from health & commercial settings in innovative ways

    Theme: Health care - Social services
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Health institutions - SMEs /enterprises
    31/08/2020

    New facilities for the elderly & people living with dementia

    Theme: Health care - Social services
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Health institutions - Local, regional and national authorities