Climate change has resulted in an increase, in the frequency, and severity of heat waves. The project HOPE (Responding to Heatwaves in the Older People Ecosystem) will put the severe health threats of heatwaves on the agenda of the older adult service and healthcare sectors with an inclusive approach for the whole ecosystem.
To achieve this goal six partners from the Netherlands: the City of Rotterdam and the University of Applied Sciences, Italy: Istituto per Servizi di Ricovero e Assistenza agli Anziani ISRAA, Portugal: Irmandade Da Santa Casa Da Misericordia Da Amadora Ipss, Greece: Social Cooperative Enterprise of Cyclades, France: Réseau européen pour l’ inclusion et l ‘action sociale locale, ELISAN have joined forces.
The aims will be achieved through the following actions:
Developing and strengthening competencies of students, informal caregivers, and professionals in older adult health, care and social sectors on better responding to the needs of older adults during heatwaves and thereby better mitigating the risks;
Designing and implementing an innovative teaching tool for students and
Increasing skills contributing to better care for older people;
Supporting and stimulating organisations in the older adults ecosystem to apply guidelines and best practices regarding care during heatwaves;
Developing Guidelines for Ecosystems and a Database of Good Practices in collaboration with associated partners, older adults and caregivers,
Increasing response capacity of older adults on how to mitigate the impact of heatwaves;
and managing their own health and wellbeing, Developing Policy Recommendation Supporting local and regional Authorities on how to play a role in the fight against heat risks for their older inhabitants and implementing in the municipalities connected to the project;
Exchanging best practices at Local, Regional,
National, European and International level.
The results will be an integrated
approach to be further adopted by other organisations and authorities,
decreasing the morbidity and mortality rate and improving the care provided
through collaboration, new policies and approaches, knowledge exchange and
GEMEENTE ROTTERDAM Netherlands, www.rotterdam.nl
ISTITUTO PER SERVIZI
DI RICOVERO E ASSISTENZA AGLI ANZIANI, Italy, https://www.israa.it
IRMANDADE DA SANTA CASA DA MISERICORDIA DA AMADORA, Portugal https://www.misericordia-amadora.pt/
STICHTING HOGESCHOOL ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, https://www.hogeschoolrotterdam.nl
SOCIAL COOPERATIVE of CYCLADES GREECE, https://e-learning.alteravita.eu/
RESEAU EUROPEEN POUR L INCLUSION ET L ACTION
SOCIALE LOCALEASSOCIATION, France, https://www.elisan.eu/
On the 11th and 12th of April of 2022, the HOPE project consortium organized the first transnational project meeting in Rotterdam. Partners from across Europe, including ISRAA, Altera Vita, ENSA, Amadora, and the Hogeschool Rotterdam participated. During these two days, activities and working visits to associated partners in Rotterdam were organized by the project coordinator.