The final conference for the EMPOWERCARE Project has shared its insights and innovative solutions to support individuals and communities manage their own care.
Held virtually, the conference brought together representatives from all 13 project partners based across the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and France, along with representatives from local government, health professions, care organisations and technology developers.
EMPOWERCARE was a four million Euros project funded by EU Interreg 2 Seas. The two-year technological and social innovation project sought to address the current gaps in the care of people aged 65 plus, or 50 plus with at least one chronic health condition, and empower people to take more responsibility for their care using technology and local services to keep them healthy and motivated.
The conference shared the main project outputs:
The evaluation findings highlight that the project’s approach had a positive impact on end-users. They experienced improved levels of self-efficacy and digital literacy in managing their own health, as well as reduced levels of emotional and social loneliness.Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou, lead for the Canterbury Christ Church University evaluation team and Professor of Community Psychology and Public Mental Health.
Some of the key findings from the project include:
“It helped me to get out of my loneliness. My doctor told me ‘You mustn't stay like that', but he didn't tell me what to do. Now I know I can count on someone; it breaks my isolation. I can call my nurse, the young people from Unicity, my housekeeper. I can count on these people. I have a little list in my notebook.” (French end user)
“I found the sessions really helpful. They have given me more confidence to try out new apps on my phone. I enjoy using the tablet that has been loaned to me. I have also learnt about how to recognise a scam and what to do if I receive a scam email or message on Facebook.” (UK end user)
“I love my work here, I can really take the time to look together with others for the added value of self-reliance. Whatever this may be for a person, because empowering is different for everyone.” (Belgian member of the workforce)
All of the output documents will be made publicly available once finalised and will be available via EMPOWERCARE Project or via the Virtual Skill Lab: https://empowercarecccu.moodlecloud.com/
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