Developing new models to ensure a high quality of life into advanced old age, on both sides of the border

Project description

In 2010, the World Health Organisation founded the initiative Age-Friendly World. Its vision is to transform cities and regions into places where people can get old with the greatest autonomy. Many methods that have been useful so far to improve the living conditions of elderly people, such as building more nursing homes or encouraging more relatives to engage in caring for their elders just do not work today. Many young people leave their place of birth – especially in the countryside – and move into big cities. The elderly stay in the countryside and lose the younger family members who could care for them permanently. When it comes to nursing homes, both the Austrian and Hungarian side of the border are lacking in qualified personnel.

The aim of the Age-friendly region project is to develop new concepts that help people from the region (and their relatives) to stay in familiar surroundings and to live a happy and independent life into old age. The cross-border cooperation enables the sharing of knowledge and experiences between Austria and Hungary, and in the next stage allows them to create a model on the basis of this joint information. Six case managers are going to support 200 people to create supply concepts that fit optimally with the living conditions of the people and use the already existing resources efficiently. The project’s scientific partner will evaluate the experiences and the effects of these new services according to scientific standards. 

Key facts

 Project duration
Funding programme Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary 2014-2020
Project partners

Chance B – Sozialbetriebs-GmbH (Leadpartner) (Gleisdorf, AT)

European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna, AT)

United Health and Social Care Győr (HU)

Pálos Károly Social Service Centre and Child Welfare Service (HU)

Care Centre Zalaegerszeg (HU)

Budget of the Viennese project partners € 110.000 thereof ERDF: € 129.400