To improve living, well-being and elderly care, professionals and the elderly are always looking for new knowledge and tools. We give you an overview of good examples of innovative projects in elderly care and assisted living in Portland OR with instruments, experiences and substantiation.
1. Choose a theme
Look in your own environment for the biggest bottleneck. What do the elderly need? More attention to informal care or a stronger social network? Better care after hospitalization or more directing? Ask them! Consult with a representative of the elderly, for example through the elderly organizations. Also consult with the home care, GP or hospital in your area.
2. Involve the elderly
Contribution of the elderly is necessary for projects in elderly care to succeed. Maybe they are the initiator and you join their plans. Are you the initiator yourself? Then involve them in your project from the start.
3. Choose an approach for elderly care
Find out what it takes to implement the approach. Which persons and parties should you involve? How is elderly care organized in your area? Does this intervention fit in there? Request more information from the project leader or contact person of the project.
4. Find supporters
Find colleagues and professionals from other organizations who have the same goal and want to work together. Also look for people with influence, such as managers and administrators. Each project describes which people have an important role in the success of the project. Find out if a similar project is already underway in your area. See if you can connect to that.
5. Write a project plan
Write a clear plan with your supporters with an appealing title. In any case, the plan contains:
- A vision (what do you think about the subject and what do you want to achieve?)
- The activities and who carries them out
- Realistic planning and budget
- A communication plan (what, how, with whom and when?)
- Clear agreements about decision-making
- Measuring effects
6. Seek financing
Talk to potential financiers. Think of insurers, municipalities and organizations involved. If possible, provide structural financing, not just during the start-up phase. Also look at subsidy options .
7. Getting started with elderly care
Get started with elderly care together. Be realistic. It is best to start small and not expand until you achieve success. Celebrate those successes. Be patient and realize that you don’t change ingrained culture or behavior in a few weeks. Step back if necessary.