The problem we solve: When old people have to go to a nursing home or resting home it is for many of them hell. Most nursing homes are big place where lots of elderly are being put together on different departments. In some places the elderly themselves have to share their room with others cos beds are not always easy to obtain. It is mostly very alienating for them being forced to live with many others that one does not know and often in a different part of town from where one used to live or in a totally new town on the other side of the country. Keeping the social network or what remains of it is crucial for the elderly to live a happy life...
About our solution: Why not make it totaly different. Lets take the departments of a usual nursing home and spread them geographically. And more over keep them small scale. So doing you can put a residential care unit for elderly in the vicinity of where those elderly people used to live before so that friends and well known place can still be visited. And by keeping it small scale you take away the alienation and can create a sort of big family feeling in those units. Give them all their private room with for instance 3 people together in one sub unit and several of those form one unit... living apart together... But all these units are centrally managed for a lot of the things they require and are encouraged to work together where possible. So doing we keep it cost effective !Progress to date:
We have already the first unit up and running. It is a place for 20 elderly in residential care and we can also accomodate up to 15 elderly in 'daycare'. They come to the center from 7:30 untill 18:00 o clock. For this kind of service there is also a big demand on the island of Curacao.
When we first approached the ministery of health of the island with our idea there was a bit of disbelieve about if it were feasable to do this kind of small scale residential service.But now after several years of hard work a lots of talks and explaining they see the result and are very pleased. So pleased that they urges us to start up other units a soon as possible cos they have a waiting list of 500 demands for residential care from elderly and their families.
Creator: Orfigia Kassels
Location: Vlaams Brabant
Education: School for higher education - bachelor
Bio: We are belgians who have a project in Curacao. It is a small scale residential care center for elderly. We have already a center for 22 residential elderly and 15 daycare elderly. This center is fully operational. Now we would like to develop other centers all over Curacao because the waitinglist for residential care for elderly is long on the island and there is no decent accomodation for the elderly.
Hospital Affiliation: Small scale residential care center for elderly
Advanced Degree(s): Bachelor
Operations Manager, Bachelor from social school for higher education.
Biography: Worked for 25 years in health care as a therapist in Belgium and abroad. Last ten years worked as a therapist in residential care for elderly in Belgium.
Title: Operations Manager
Advanced Degree(s): Bachelor from social school for higher education.
Member of the board, Faculty of Dentistry - dentist diploma
Biography: From when I finished my studies to be a dentist i have been a dentist and still work as a dentist. I became involved with this project of elderly care last year as it was very intresting for our island and has lots of potential here on Curacao and in the whole Caribbean.
Title: Member of the board
Advanced Degree(s): Faculty of Dentistry - dentist diploma
On Curacao are about 150 000 people. There is an official waitinglist for elderly for residential care of about 500 people and 200 people for daycare demand.
Projected 3 Year Growth
We have a goal of setting up one unit every 6 months ones we are fully approved. We have been contacted by governments of other island in the caribbean who are very intrested in our way of doing residential elderly care.
The government gives a subsidy per day per inhabitant of the nursing home after your institution has been approved. We are in the process of being approved, last stage.
We have been working on this project many years already. We had many discussions with different ministeries and ministers on the island who are importand in being able to elaborate our project. We have with time made a descent social network for this project cos without it we will never succeed on the island. These peope know us and are very intrested in our way of working and resolving issues they have in elderly care. On small islands you need to build trust and that takes lots of time and effort.
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