Objective: to develop a future proof education programme for students in health care on a vocational level focused on the implementation of Smart Health
The societal challenge of an aging population leads to the situation that people who need care stay in their home. Therefore, the future jobs of the vocational care-students will be in the homes of the people. That is why practice-based learning spots for internship of students are created in school and in public meeting places in 5 municipalities. Students offer practical supportive services to elderly and their family carers at home and in the public meeting places during their internship. They are offering support during group activities such as organising workshops about how to use digital devices and services and about healthy food and exercises. The elderly offer in return their own living environment as learning space to students to learn in the practice of future proof supporting services delivery for independent living. It is a collaboration between the education centres, elderly, municipalities, local entrepreneurs of digital solutions and health care organisations. All stakeholders benefit from this formula. It helps to improve the adaption of digital services of elderly, family carers and professionals. It offers lifelong learning to citizens and foresees in one of the solutions for municipalities to deal with the societal challenge of ageing. For the involved local companies, it is a living lab for development and implementation of smart health services. For the involved education centres, it gives more insight in the future labour market.

Resources needed

Scaling is now financed by incidental money. Future scaling requires public-private financing by national vocational education fund and e.g. fees of: elderly; municipality for reduction of professional supporting costs; SME’s for livinglab facilities, in total +/- 180.000euro p/year.

Evidence of success

Growth: students: 20 in 2014, 300 in 2018; requests for support: 1500 in 2014, 5000 in 2018; locations: rolled out to 5 municipalities, 5 municipalities on waiting list. Impact: Elderly are more independent and more active, and experience a more purposeful life; students have more knowledge, are prouder, have more self-confidence and self-reflection; there is a better mutual understanding between elderly and students. Family carers feel supported by sharing experiences with other carers.

Difficulties encountered

To develop sustainable structure for public-private finance based on outcomes instead of financial profit. To match the approach to the schoolsystem requires systeminnovation. To guarantee safety of students and elderly during activities at home. Match students with the existing labour market.

Potential for learning or transfer

The concept of Lokaal+ can be transferred to other geographic places across Europe and other education programmes. It is an inspiring example for multi-stakeholder collaboration between education partners, local and regional and national government, ICT companies and health care providers to improve the adaptation of existing smart health solutions.
Lokaal+ has been developing a Theory of Change for their initiative to monitor their social and economic impact over several years. This methodology can be transferred to other social business initiatives.

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Main institution
Summacollege Eindhoven
Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Nederland)
Start Date
July 2014
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