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"We enable regions and cities to make better use of limited resources 

Transnational cooperation plays a key part in knowledge generation and exchange, which allows Alpine regions to stay ahead of developments by pooling ideas and resources. This is important when addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by the structural changes facing the Alpine area, from disruptive technologies to automation, globalisation, and the ageing workforce.

CoNSENSo: home is a better place to grow old

Placing the elderly at the focus of health and social care, the CoNSENSo project - COmmunity Nurse Supporting Elderly iN a changing SOciety proposes improved solutions for the Alpine health care system, which bring a reduction in health expenditure and the possibility to provide ad hoc services for the elderly. 

 

Especially in Alpine remote areas, the role of the family and community nurses is crucial: families are provided with a key person to help and support the daily activities of the elderly.  In the view of CoNSENSo, the innovative role of nurses, both providing ad hoc health care service and  supporting senior citizens and their families at social level, is an effective way to create the right conditions for elderly to be able to stay at home as long as possible. 

CoNSENSo trains family and community nurses in the Alps

To guarantee better support to senior citizens of the Alpine areas, CoNSENSo developed specific trainings for family and community nurses. Following an innovative training model, nurses from different countries take part together in training forums where they can learn more about health policy and culture characteristics of community and family nursing. 

 

The trainings are structured as intensive courses during which the nurses, guided by expert tutors, learn how to conduct home visits in innovative way. The family and community nurse forms the link between the different health and social worlds, facilitating the dialogue between elderly person, social services and health services, organising appropriate social services, like a home help or ready prepared meals, contacting doctors in case of need and providing advices and support in adapting the home environment.

Beside the training activities, the work of the nurses is supported as well by the online e-learning platform realised by the project partners. The latter have also developed an APP, giving to users (nurses and tutors) access to an advanced data collection device which can be applied during visits to elderly.