Mapping Promising Social Services and Policy Measures to Support the Independent Living of Older People: A Compendium of Good Practices on Community-based Services for Older People (IL_OlderPeople)

Following the impact of deinstitutionalisation efforts in the disability or childcare sector, there has been already some progress in long-term care to move from an institutional type of solutions towards integrated models, embedded in the community. However, unlike in other sectors, there is not enough knowledge nor evidence when it comes to ensuring independent living of older people and where such good practices exist. Additionally, there is limited understanding on what constitutes a good practice (criteria, dimensions, etc.) and how to ensure transferability. Considering the increasing interest of public authorities, both within the European Union and beyond (e.g. in Eastern Partnership countries), towards sustainable, community- based policy solutions and measures, this project aims to narrow this gap and explore existing non-residential service provision available to older people in six European countries. The aim of this research is threefold:

  • To map existing non-residential, community-based social services that support the independent living of older people in six European countries (AT, SE, ES, SI, PL, CH).
  • To develop an adequate tool for the assessment and evaluation of what is a good/promising practice in this area.
  • To present a compendium of good practices (case-studies) of community- based care and support services for older people (considering vulnerability dimensions, such as gender, migrant background, etc.).