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Quality care within assisted living and residential elderly care facilities

Aging, the increasing proportion of older people relative to younger people in society, is caused by factors such as rising life expectancy and declining birth rates. Although some see it as a positive development, aging brings complex challenges to society. The elderly and elder care are often viewed in a negative light, despite the contribution that the elderly make to society. An aging population forces reflection on how to address changing demographics and their consequences. Elder care faces several problems, including the outflow of caring baby boomers, a limited influx into the sector, and challenges such as absenteeism and workload. To respond, governments have introduced the policies of "socialization of care," "deinstitutionalization," and "ageing in place." However, these policies face challenges such as one-sided expectation management about informal care networks. International attention is being paid to "Healthy Ageing," with emphasis on life environment, combating age discrimination and integrated care. Technological tools, though numerous, have often not been co-creatively developed with the elderly. Service flats have been adapted into assisted living, but vacancy rates are a notable problem. The research center 360° Care and Wellness strives to find answers to these challenges, with experience in various research areas related to the elderly and elder care. It concludes that aging and elder care pose serious challenges that require attention and solutions. Within this project, the focus is on improving the image of elder care and research on quality living and living in assisted living facilities. The research includes the following questions: 1. Image of elder care: - Factors determining image. - Impact of image on workforce shortage. - Opportunities to improve image, including the use of technology. 2. Quality of life in assisted living facilities: - Quality of life of residents. - Experiences of moving to assisted living homes. - Satisfaction with assisted living homes. 3. Impact of technology on daily life of the elderly: - Effects of technology on bio-psychosocial health. - Role of technology in promoting independent living. - Impact of technology on social contacts. - Contribution of technology to involvement of the elderly in society.
Date:25 Sep 2023 →  Today
Keywords:elderly care, assisted living
Disciplines:Other paramedical sciences not elsewhere classified
Project type:Collaboration project