The Place4Carers Project awarded at the “Invecchiamento di Successo 2019” (Successful Aging) event

The Politecnico di Milano collaborates on the Aging in Place research awarded by Fondazione Ferrero

The Place4Carers project, in partnership with the Politecnico di Milano, has been awarded by Fondazione Ferrero during the international “Invecchiamento di Successo 2019” conference: Body and Mind Connection”. The aim of the award is to recognize the fundamental contribution of technology in favor of ageing.

Place4Carers is a participating community research, with the objective of co-generating, developing and implementing a new social and communitarian service that promotes the active involvement of family member caregivers of elderly people who live in remote and rural areas of Valle Camonica, Italy. Caregivers are family members who take care, outside of a professional context and for free, of a person in need of long term assistance.

The project aims to create the principles of “Aging in place”, which is the enhancement of active and healthy aging in people’s life locations, in that specific territory. To do so, it is indispensable that family member caregivers are kept involved and actively participate in the care paths and treatments of their loved ones. Moreover, in remote and rural areas, caregivers find themselves facing challenges that are more complex compared to people living in cities, due to the higher effort involved in accessing services.

Based on these premises, Place4Carers means to support and develop the involvement of family caregivers of elderly citizens, in close collaboration with health and social workers and researchers, with the objective of implementing new services and providing them with greater support, fully making them active participants in the welfare system. 

A further aim of this project is to evaluate the implementation of this type of service with caregivers who operate in contexts similar to the one in Valle Camonica, Italy.

The project will not only amplify the scientific knowledge on the topics of Aging in place and active involvement of caregivers, but it will also offer some insights into the more appropriate measures to support family members in more remote and rural areas. 

The Place4Carers project is financed by Fondazione Cariplo and is coordinated by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, NEED Institute and the Research Innovation and Development Area of the Azienda Territoriale per i Servizi alla Persona (Community Service Center) of the Valle Camonica, Italy.

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