Name of your initiative:
Cúltaca - Community service brokerage for older persons.
Short name (acronym):
Website title and address: Under re-development
Which organization is submitting this initiative?:
Louth Age-Friendly County Alliance
Please specify in which regions/provinces: IRELAND›IRELAND›Border, Midland and Western›Border
Where is this organization located?:
Please enter the name of the contact person for this initiative:
Dr Lucia Carragher
Please enter the email of the contact for this initiative: Lucia.Carragher@Netwellcentre.org
Part of larger strategy or programme:
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Please provide us with more details of this programme or strategy:
Empowering older people to be able to take more control of their lives, and strengthening awareness, access and connectivity to the broad range of services and supports that are available, are central pillars of a citizen and person-centred approach that can deliver both improved quality of life and greater system and service effectiveness for older people in Co Louth. Within the context of the Louth Age-Friendly County Strategy, stakeholders are seeking approaches that can balance the need to foster greater individual control and responsiveness, with the need for greater community co-ordination and services integration.
The status of the initiative:
Please give a summary of your initiative (in English):
The Cúltaca innovation spans case management, personal advocacy, brokering, and key worker functions. It helps older people develop their own personalised plans, and it helps support and negotiate co-ordinated access to more collaborative services that meet older peoples’ needs. Cúltaca is an adapted, embedded, and transformed implementation of a role first seen in Holland, currently operating in the context of service provision to older people in County Louth. Operating since 2007, the innovation has focussed on frail older people, enhancing the quality of life of over 1200 clients, and it is providing home-centred alternatives to long term residential care, growing at a rate of over 120 additional people each year, of which 30 are very frail and at risk of admission to alternative settings.
The geographical scope:
Type of initiative: Public-private-partnership
Environment or setting of the initiative: Urban
The economic environment or setting of the initiative: Moderate
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What triggered this initiative?:
In 2007, Louth County Council, the Health Services Executive in the Northeast and Dundalk Institute of Technology set out on their journey to explore new community-oriented models to foster ageing-in-place, Today, with an ever tightening grip of constraints across our social, economic and health care landscape, there is a real urgency to activate our social ingenuity and human energy if we are to have, and share, a smart, sustainable and inclusive future for all ages.
Across the cities and communities within the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and the regional partners within the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing, stakeholders are yearning for approaches that can balance individual control and responsiveness with community co-ordination and services integration. As we witness the continuous erosion and shrinkage of the public services footprint, re-vitalising the 3rd sector and its collaborative capabilities, be it through co-operatives, community trusts, villages, or other community interest structures, is now central to framing sustainable solutions.
Cúltaca is an adapted, embedded and transformed implementation of service broker role, operating in the context of service provision to older people in Dundalk and North Louth, within the framework of the Louth Age-Friendly County Strategy and action plan. The role has been integrated into the lives of older people in the area and it has helped forge connection, combat loneliness, build confidence and strengthen service access. adaptation.