Many elderly people want to be able to live at home for as long as possible, even when they need care. They spend a lot of time in their trusted environment and are close with the people surrounding them. Additionally, it is important for them to stay active both physically as well as socially.
With this in mind, more caring neighbourhoods are being founded in Flanders. Within this ecosystem of neighbourhoods, nursing homes will also occupy a prominent spot in helping the elderly forwards.
The goal of a caring neighbourhood is to make sure people in need of care are able to keep on living in their trusted environment for as long as possible. This not only includes elderly people, but also people with disabilities and mental health problems.
In any case, a lot of attention goes to simplifying the process of people meeting up and connecting with each other. This way, neighbours can help each other stay active and even fulfill each other’s caring needs. This model therefore takes informal caretakers such as neighbours, friends, family members and local traders into account.
A caring neighbourhood is designed in such a way that young and old people can live together in harmony. Inhabitants know each other and are able to help each other. Community-oriented care supports and ensures a high quality of life for everyone. For the elderly in particular, it aims to guarantee a bright future.
The ambition of a caring neighbourhood can only be achieved by connecting living, welfare and care with each other. That’s why we need to look further than the conventional nursing homes and other care institutions.
Jane too wants to contribute to this model without boundaries. Our unique combination of motion sensors, alarms and artificial intelligence makes for a smart solution providing care to everyone involved in the story - from informal caretakers to formal ones, from care at home to care institutions and everything in between.
The main advantage of a model without boundaries is that we can save money. If more people are able to stay at home, less beds in nursing homes will be occupied as a result, which is not a luxury in a society with an increasing number of seniors.
Furthermore, caretakers will become unburdened as less responsibilities fall into their hands. Nursing homes will play an important role in this ecosystem, with a higher level of involvement from both within and from our society.
Caring neighbourhoods demand the attention of caretakers across our current boundaries. This means neighbours, associations, local boards and professional caretakers all need to contribute in order to support their own neighbourhood. This will enable us to grow into a society that focuses on codependency instead of self-reliance.
The flemish care and welfare landscape faces important changes such as ageing, budgetary limitations and organisational challenges. The limitations of our current care system are painfully clear.
Caring neighbourhoods provide future-proof solutions to these limitations. It is a model that makes care attainable, available and affordable for everyone. This way, we can aim to improve the quality of life for every individual and simultaneously cut back on costs and work pressure within the care sector.
In this future-proof model, elderly care is no longer being limited to caring institutions. Instead, we strive to provide quality care to seniors in the comfort of their own homes. A high quality of life not only means being physically healthy. It also means feeling at home and comfortable, all while being able to enjoy life to the fullest.