Municipality of Hardenberg
The municipality of Hardenberg is a rural community with an area of more than 300 km2. Hardenberg is located in the north east of the province of Overijssel and has nearly 60,000 inhabitants divided over more than 30 villages and hamlets. One of the villages is Dedemsvaart,
a community with about 13.500 inhabitants. In Dedemsvaart the Municipality of Hardenberg executes the pilot "Lifelong Living Online" within the context of the iAge project.
In the near future this region will be confronted with a population decline. This will also be true for the municipality of Hardenberg, especially in smaller communities. In the larger communities Hardenberg and Dedemsvaart the population is expected to remain in balance. The number of elderly in the municipality of Hardenberg will increase significantly, while the number of youngsters will decrease. This will make it harder to keep care and other facilities at the current level.
Dedemsvaart: LLL Online
This project aims to provide the (future) elderly better opportunities to live independently for a longer period of time. For that purpose ICT is deployed as a tool. To achieve this goal the municipality of Hardenberg starts the project LLL Online in Dedemsvaart.
The intention is to learn a (preselected) group of 50 elderly (75+) to deal independently or supported with the new possibilities of ICT, domotics and social media. These means must pave the way to tailored care and offer access to social support. In this way a new social network is created too. In order to ensure that elderly can cope with these means, a (support)group of 55+ is also trained. And also GP's, care providers, social workers and informal care givers and other volunteers must learn to handle the new means and possibilities.
The first step of the project involves an analysis of the needs of the target group and people in their surroundings (including informal care givers).
Another step involves an analysis of the care and welfare domain, in which the elderly function and in which a platform of applications and services is offered. Furthermore an inventory will be made of the technical possibilities.
On the basis of these forenamed activities a realistic route and time path will be made to develop services that meet the needs of the elderly and their social surrounding, and that fit with the existing services. The project will be supported by a knowledge institute as well as an educational institution (to be selected).
To ensure that the means that should be developed acquire an adequate position in society, cooperation with local parties is especially sought.
With regard to iAge the municipality of Hardenberg cooperates with the elderly associations, local interest groups, local welfare organisations, housing corporations, general practitioners, Baalderborg (care for the handicapped), Saxenburgh Groep (primary care trust for a.o. hospitals), Carinova (home care providers), Buurtzorg (neighbourhood care group), TNO (knowledge institute), educational institutions, ICT companies and SMEs.
At the end of the project (end of 2014) 80% of a pilot group of 50 elderly should make use of the (digital) possibilities that are offered in the pilot. This should lead to a more efficient and effective provision of (tailor made) care and service.
At the end of 2014 80% of the pilot group should also find that the conditions to continue to live independently longer have improved.
In the area of care the pilot should yield significant improvements in the pilot, for example a decrease in the number of hospitalizations.
By means of performing the pilot in Dedemsvaart, the municipality of Hardenberg offers a pilot area for iAge. The connection of the results of this pilot with (a.o.) the transnational pilots of the Trimbos Institute (ICT needs and problems of elderly) and University of Abertay Dundee (development toolbox) will undoubtedly lead to a further enrichment of knowledge and experience.
The knowledge thus obtained again delivers important input for application of the results on local and larger scale, with the effect that elderly hold longer grip on their lives.