Project name InnoHELPS - Innovative housing and care solutions for older persons
Objective Objective 1.2
Priority Innovation and knowledge development
Aim For past decades Europe has been facing demographic changes which present key challenges our society has been reluctant to address. These developments will, however, have profound implications both nationally and globally; supporting an ageing population will require greater participation from all members of society and immediate action. Strategic documents proposed by the EU and have been correct in identifying central issues and proposing measures to tackle them, but lack in supporting innovation and cooperation between stakeholders at the European level.
Social innovations have long been supported by numerous EU policies and proved to be successful solutions for diverse challenges; we therefore need to transfer these practices to address demands of an increasingly ageing population in order to enable this significant part of the population to actively participate in their own environment for an extended period of time. Proposed solutions need to take into consideration that the societal group in question is heterogenous and that proposed measures need to be tailored to the needs of the individual.
The main objective of the proposed project is to improve the quality of life of the target group, starting with people aged 50+ and placing special emphasis on those over 65, through social innovation. The project proposal is a multi-layered concept rooted in prolonging the period of active living and participation, including preventive measures, proactive planning, required adjustments in living and societal environments as well as shifts in societal perceptions and mindsets that will contribute to the well-being of all members of society. Contributing to a change in perception and offering an array of innovative solutions to the target group will ensure that ageing is no longer associated with burdening society.
Strategic goals based on identified demographic changes include well-being of the target group with independent and safe ageing in home environments or in community housing units, inclusion of the target group into economic, societal, cultural life in consideration of their needs, interests and wishes, preservation and improvement of health of target group members. These goals will be achieved through innovative solutions, including ICT (technology, design etc.).
Results The project seeks to establish a network of regional partnerships that will develop and implement new solutions in the field of housing and care for the elderly. Based on practical piloting solutions, project partners will jointly propose toolkits and strategies including the following:
- development and promotion of age-friendly design of public spaces, thus influencing policymakers, town planners and arhictects,
- increased mobility of older persons,
- implementing age-in-place solutions: adaptations of homes that enable older persons to remain in their homes as long as possible (toolkits, recommendations),
- toolkits and standards for the construction of lifetime homes,
- affordable and shared housing solutions,
- electronically enhanced assistive technology,
- introducing standards for ageing-friendly ICT solutions.
Cost /
Duration 36 months
Partners involved LE: Research and Education Centre Mansion Rakičan.
Other partners: ZDUS, Association of Pensioners' Organisations.
Partners requested Private and public stakeholders providing care and housing solutions for older persons.
Local/regional authorities.
Innovation Developing innovative solutions and implementing piloting activities enhancing the quality of life of older persons and enabling "ageing in place".
Follow up of HELPS: Housing and Home-care for the Elderly and Vulnerable people and Local Partnership Strategies in Central Europe (2011 - 2014).
Follow up fundings