City of Ljubljana: introducing the Active and Quality Ageing in Home Environment (A-Qu-A) project

The Institute for Home care of the City of Ljubljana has recently started a project called Active and Quality Ageing in Home Environment (A-Qu-A), which aims at helping families care for the older relatives, and supporting the latter remain at home for longer while increasing their quality of life.

In 2002, the Municipality of Ljubljana established the Institute for home care (IHC) which aims at providing social service assistance to family carers as a public service. It answers families’ need to benefit from more services than the usual domestic care and social services. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, nursing and speech pathology are the most important activities families have identified.

In this context, the IHC with together with several partners have launched the A-Qu-A project, which is co-funded under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Programme 2009-2014 and the EEA Financial Mechanism Programme 2009-2014.

The A-Qu-A project started in April 2015 and is expected to last until the end of April 2016. Project’s activities help older people raise their quality of life in their home environment, and ensure more healthy, active and independent life. A great emphasis is put on the educational field to train carers to work with older persons.

The involvement of partners from different disciplines ensures the multidisciplinary dimension of the project and helps finding long-term solutions at the national level. Doing so, the project’s partners will support healthy and active ageing population in Slovenia.

You can read more about the project, its partners and activities here.