Project Description

INNOMEC – Innovative Management and Educational Practices in Elderly Care Centres is a Multilateral Grundtvig Project in the Lifelong Learning Programme (539829-LLP-1-2013-1-IT-GRUNDTVIG-GMP) with a total budget of € 399.160,-. The project, co-ordinated by Speha Fresia Cooperative Company, is implemented from Nov. 2013 to Oct. 2015 by partners from Italy, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, and Iceland.

The aim of the project is the improvement of the key competences of Elderly Care Centres’ (ECC) staff through an “Agile Management” approach and peer-learning pathways among practitioners in order to provide better learning opportunities for individuals and communities. The work process proposed is based on the valorisation of European best practices on active ageing and the solidarity between generations to foster and to improve active ageing policies and the involvement of elderly people in community life.

1° phase of the project is centred on the context analysis about the local/national conditions of the ECCs’ clients and their needs, available services, on-going policies on active ageing. A focus point will be the educational practices/pathways and methodologies offered by ECCs, considering how these will impact on the local constraints regarding features like numbers of elderly people participating in social and cultural life and the interaction between these latter with younger generations and family members.

2° phase is aimed at the realisation of peer-learning sessions on the best experiences at European level on elderly care services, with social workers/adult educators/senior volunteers, and taking into consideration 3 specific approaches: APP method, Transcultural Biography Work and Memoro digital interviews;

3° a testing phase at national level will follow after the co-developing of specific training materials – new pathways and tools exploiting the above mentioned approaches and the learned case-studies – for the correct implementation of the process.

4° phase is focused on the dissemination of project results, at European and local level, through the promotion of a ToolKit for ECCs’ workers to improve the quality and the choices of the activities provided by EECs, encouraging a dialogue with other local main stakeholders.