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Services for older people have long suffered from duplication and fragmentation, especially in the overlap between health and social care. The division between health and social care responsibilities can be a barrier and a source of frustration to service users. The lack of integration between the different systems (health, social and housing) in several countries can introduce important barriers to implementation and to achievement of benefits. In addition, within the health system in particular, the lack of structures and processes to support continuity of care and integration of care between the different players and levels (hospital and primary care, general practitioners and specialists) are an important limiting factor for homecare development.
The proposed solution will allow:
• New models of service delivery and care that increase independence for older adults and greater support for informal carers;
• New ways for older adults to remain active and connected to society, including contributing as volunteers or providing mutual support;
• Services to provide various levels of support, whether the carers are formal, informal, professional;
• Validation in concrete context, with the participation of relevant public stakeholder (the Italian test bed will be carried out with the participation of a consortium of 58 municipalities with 175 000 inhabitants and about 15 000 patients. There will be the endorsement of the Piedmont Region).
The ideal-ist project is part-funded by European Commission under the Cooperation Programme, ICT Theme, of the seventh Framework Programme. Any options expressed in these pages are those of the author/organisation and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.