Client: various healthcare organizations for elderly care
The REGIOZ project focuses on how elderly care is increasingly organized in geographical regions, urging for more collaborative care practices between primary care, nursing homes, home care, mental care, municipalities, health insurers, and policy agencies.
Against the backdrop of a shrinking healthcare workforce (especially at the countryside) and a greying population facing more and multiple disorders, we work closely together with local healthcare providers and local and national policy agencies. We experiment with alternative types of care, reconfiguring traditional boundaries between healthcare organizations and practitioners.
Conducting qualitative ‘regional’ pilot studies, we examine both the consequences for everyday healthcare provision and the impact on (and influence of) existing institutional arrangements (i.e. financial schemes, accountability infrastructures). Using theories from Medical Sociology, Anthropology, Science & Technology Studies, Human Geography and Public Administration, we conceptualize regions both as a place for care and a carescape; as care not only involves the elderly, but also professional development, informal caregivers, policy makers and the geographical areas themselves.
Looking from different theoretical and empirical angles, we seek to come to a rich and productive understanding of regions as places of care.
Iris Wallenburg, Jitse Schuurmans, Dara Ivanova, Nienke van Pijkeren, Oemar van der Woerd, Wilma van der Scheer, Marianne van Bochove, Roland Bal