Name of your initiative:
Long-term care: developing information centres and a new concept
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Please specify in which regions/provinces: ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA›ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA›Jihovýchod›Kraj Vysočina
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At the national level, the idea is to develop a new concept for long-term care in the Czech Republic which aims to be user friendly and more cost efficient and implement them in pilot actions in Vysočina. This also includes the streamlining of two or more services and improving accessibility of services in the whole regions (especially the Vysočina – Highlands regions has problems to provide access to services). The concept will be introduced to both the ministries and the Houses of Parliament.
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Over the next three years a network of information centres of long-term care will be created in every bigger town in the Vysočina region. The information centres will gather all information about the providers of both social and health services and other services and proactively provide solutions for the needs of older people. The dedicated centres involve collaboratives with academic institutions to facilitate the flow of evidence for good practice. Information centres consisting of professionals have been created that will gather information about providers of health and social care, and disseminate this to service users helping them with their health and social care needs. Providers of care liaise closely with professionals at the contact centres to enhance co-operation and optimal flow of information and support the care needs of the client group. An academic group provides information about best practice to the new network through the assessment of new findings.
Service users and their families will be contacted via internet, health care, professional consulting offices, departments of social affairs in municipalities, employment services in the Czech Republic, welfare officers and providers of social services. The Vysočina region, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Polytechnic College of JIhlava as well as associations of social services providers and trade unions of employers are part of the project.
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Type of initiative: Public
Environment or setting of the initiative: Urban
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What triggered this initiative?:
The national system of long term care is not effective and optimal. Both the providers, thus social services providers and health care providers are providing often similar tasks, yet with a different financial assessments and different conditions and frameworks. Moreover, the communication between those two sectors is limited by a relatively strong border and barrier between the social and health care services.