The E.D.E. is involved in a wide range of European projects aimed at improving and developing the quality of care and life in homes for the elderly.
The SAVE AGE project (2010 – 2013) is the first European initiative to develop and implement measures for limiting energy consumption in residential care homes. In the course of the project energy consumption was analysed in 100 homes for the elderly in 10 countries. On the basis of the results, case studies and reports were developed giving each home valuable stimuli for energy saving measures which will simultaneously enhance living conditions and comfort. As partner, the E.D.E. is responsible for the communication and diffusion of the project's results.
Further information: www.saveage.eu
The objective of INTERLINKS (2008 – 2011) was to develop a valid system for analysing and developing long term care for the elderly. The E.D.E. was one of 20 EU organisations on the project's European advisory board, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement. E.D.E. members were also involved in the National Expert Panels, giving feedback on national reports and providing innovative practical examples, information on policy developments and relevant documents.
For further information: http://interlinks.euro.centre.org
The E.D.E. participates in WeDO, Wellbeing and Dignity of Older people (2010 – 2012), a project aimed at developing an enduring and growing European partnership of organisations committed promoting the wellbeing and dignity of elderly people and the quality long-term care. WeDO comprises 18 partners from 12 EU countries. The E.D.E. has the task of promoting and coordinating the project work of individual partners on the European level.
Further information: www.wedo-partnership.eu
The main objective of the DAPHNE Eustacea project (2008 – 2010) was to develop a European strategy for combating elder abuse. Important results of the project are a "European Charter of the rights and responsibilities of older people in need of long-term care and assistance" an its accompanying handbook. The E.D.E. played a key role in developing the charter and handbook.
Further information: http://www.age-platform.eu/en/daphne
In the context of the Leonardo da Vinci project "E-Qalin" (2004 – 2008), a practical and user-friendly quality management model was developed in special sector-specific versions for long term residential care homes for the elderly, homes and services for the impaired as well as day-patient/mobile services. E-Qalin® examines the services provided in the institutions and their effectiveness in regard to the satisfaction of all those involved. E-Qalin® encourages and emphasises learning within organisations through self-evaluation, freeing up innovative potential for improvement and development. As project partner the E.D.E. has done pivotal work in developing a resource-compatible quality management system specifically for care homes that is accepted across Europe, and in breathing life into the abstract term of quality management.
Further information: www.e-qalin.net