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HoCare - Delivery of Innovative solutions for Home Care by strengthening quadruplehelix cooperation in regional innovation chains

Project duration: first phase: 1.4.2016 - 31.3.2018, second phase: 1.4.2018 - 31.3.2020 and  additional activites (Covid-19 call): 1.10.2021 - 30.9.2022
Programme: Interreg Europe
Lead partner: Nicosia Development Agency (Cyprus)
Partner countries: Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic

Aging of the population is challenge for all EU regions. But it means in the same time also an opportunity for growth and jobs as there is created great potential to deliver innovative solution for Home Care. Common challenge in all HoCare regions is unlocked potential to delivery innovation it this field. 8 partners coming from different EU regions decided to join forces and form HoCare project to address these challenges.

Objective of HoCare project is thus to boost delivery of Home Care innovative solutions in regional innovation chains by strengthening of cooperation of actors in regional innovation system using Quadruplehelix approach and the aim is to do it by improvement of relevant Structural Funds thanks to the international policy learning. These improvements are planned to be at strategical level (by governance improvement) as well as practical ones (by support of high quality projects).

Project HoCare has additionally three thematic sub-objectives related to the natural generation of innovation for Home Care in regional innovation chains. The first sub-objective is to focus on generation of innovation through addressing unmet needs identified by stakeholder groups in quadruplehelix model means by formal carers (i.e. hospitals, social houses, elderly houses) and informal carers (i.e. family members). The second sub-objective is to focus on generation of innovation through public driven innovation processes. The third sub-objective is to bring innovative Home Care solutions quicker to the market by using, again, quadruplehelix approach.

The results will be achieved mainly thanks to 4 dimensional international policy learning processes. Initial content for it will be created by partners during Regional analysis, further investigated during 3 International Thematic Workshops. It will formulate 30 transferable Good practices and enable formulation of high-level outputs: 3 HoCare Policy Thematic reports and 3 HoCare Policy Transfer Reports. Collected knowledge will enable project to contribute to EU external policy learning by organizing 2 international and 8 National High-Level Policy Learning events. Local partners will be working closely with local Structural Funds policy to multiple stakeholders of different types of organizations.

Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia is responsible partner for Communication and Dissemination in the project.

5th call of the Interreg Europe program (COVID Call - additional activities): Activities are carried out from 1 October 2021 - 30 September 2022

The goal is to improve the structure of policy management in the field of home care through the transfer of good (ICT) practices from abroad to Slovenia. We will also advocate for the application of new projects in the field of home care to the next LAS tender.
Regional analysis and good practices in the field of ICT services for home care will be prepared. The additional year of the HoCare project ended with a seminar and workshop in Bucharest. Countries are responding to changes and adapting their policies. The experience and good practices of other countries can significantly contribute to the establishment of an effective system that will enable the elderly to live a better quality of life at home. The Heart of Slovenia development center will actively involve the Ministry of Health in the project.

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Prefinancing provided by Slovenian Regional Development Fund.


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