MOre NUrturing and More Empowerment Nested in Technology
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Lead partnerCity of Mechelen
Project budget4 405 199 €
ERDF amount2 643 119 €
Dementia is a growing social problem. The WHO considers dementia the first priority. The high cost of it will challenge health systems to cope with the predicted future increase of cases. A solution lies in the socialisation of care.To make this possible, informal carers are a crucial factor.
But care for PLWD is a lot more challenging than care for people without dementia. The health of informal carers suffers from this. A strong network, more knowledge, insight and skills among informal carers could make a difference in their care burden. Also, providing respite care for dementia caregivers to engage in leisure can be a promising coping strategy. Technological applications for the service of PLWD and their informal carers exist, but are often unknown, are not developed in collaboration with informal carers and therefore not geared to their needs. Assistive technologies on the market are insufficiently accessible, without opportunity to experiment and often not introduced on time.
The project wants to diminish the burden of informal carers of people living with dementia by professional and structural support of the informal carers and the use of tailor-made technological solutions. The project aims to strengthen the resilience and perseverance of the informal carers so that people living with dementia can stay at home longer. The informal carer will be acknowledged as main actor of an effective and integrated service to PLWD.
- Pilot offering support to informal carers of PLWD based on the Odense concept, consolidating and structuring early information, support and recreation
- Digital platform by and for informal carers of PLWD, consolidating information on dementia friendly services, and enhancing exchange with peers
- Service centre adapted to the needs of PLWD and their informal carers (LP)
- Site adaptated to improve the use by PLWD and their informal carers, including improvements to signage (PP11)
- Demos making existing assistive technology (TRL9) accessible in an experiential manner, enabling timely introduction and adaptation to the needs
- Tests co-creating remote monitoring technologies (TRL7) in operational environment tailored to the specific needs of the informal carer of PLWD
- Socio-economic feasibility study on the MONUMENT Odense model for policy makers and guidance for solution actors
Cross border approach
The project partners face common challenges in terms of socialisation of care and improving support for informal carers of PLWD. By combining knowledge and good practices, we can achieve innovative solutions and improved services in the UK, FR, BE and NL. The countries involved in the 2Seas area have built up different expertise, which offers opportunities for mutual growth and co-creation.
- NL brings expertise and experience from their implemented Odense houses. They take a leading role in this.
- UK brings valuable expertise and experience in the field of dementia-friendly communities and of barriers and specific needs for PLWD and their informal carers when accessing outdoor activities.
- BE has experience with a walk-in home preliminary process. Imec brings a broad expertise in living labs and technological innovation. PP2 brings knowledge on quality healthcare.
- FR has a support and respite platform for caregivers in general.
Due to the current situation, the project had a somewhat bumpy start. We've already made 2 major modifications. The partnership welcomed 1 new partner and 2 others left as partners to become observing partners. Next to this we were granted an extension of 6 months, which gives the partnership the opportunity to tackle the loss of time due to COVID. Creating a close partnership with mutual understanding isn't that obvious in these strange times, but the partners adapted well to the change and were very much willing to co-operate, crossborder learnings were set up and best practices shared.
There have already been 2 partner meetings and the partnership meets monthly for a content meeting regarding the workpackages to fully understand the deliverables, outputs and specific results that must be achieved. During these meetings crossborder learnings are set up and connections between workpackages are made. Also ways of measurement are discussed and created. Next to this, I state that partners find each other quickly when they need input on how to do something or to tackle an issue. Overall the project is well received locally, there has already been some communication about the project. Despite this COVID delay, the partnership made a good start in implementing the Odense model and are laying the foundation for the technology part of the project.