Project STAR - aging without limits / funded by the EFRD

About the project

The project STAR deals with the shared challenges to the aging of cross-border population; unequal accessibility of quality social services; the low level of efficiency and unused potential for cross-border cooperation of social care institutions.

The project will set up an innovative integrate system of deinstitutionalization of long-term care at different levels, according to modern guidelines. The project will be user-directed and will focus on their needs and desires. The system to be set up with this project includes all interest groups in this area, such as social caretakers involved in long-term care, local administration and finally elderly people, which will have the opportunity to stay in a domestic surrounding for as long as possible, as well as to get involved in social events and thus also to improve their life quality.

The 24-month long project will enable a creation of Cross-border program of development of deinstitutionalization of long-term care, it will also include a professional training of formal and informal social caretakers and will set up two preliminary innovative long-term care types. More precisely, those refer to daily center in the area of Hrpelje – Kozina Municipality as well as domestic community in the nursing home in Kantrida situated in the city of Rijeka, Croatia.

The project STAR has the following specific objectives:

  1. The project anticipates the participation of vertically and horizontally related entities (local government and homes for the elderly) which will be connected into the network for specific co-creation of new programs and models for long-term social care and their realization with pilot activities, exchanges of good practices and joint cross-border activities. The network will be established sustainably, for the purpose of developing long-term cross-border cooperation in the field of social affairs.
  2. The project anticipates realization of joint Cross-border program development of long term care de-institutionalization in the program area, which will describe the common plans and possible forms of de-institutionalisation in the cross-border area and the pilot establishment of two forms, namely day center in the non-urban area of the Municipality of Hrpelje-Kozina and household group in Rijeka, where innovative programs of social care will be implemented.
  3. The project anticipates training for long-term care development through professional workers’ training for development of high-quality long-term care types and for work in new types of non-institutional long-term care facilities (daily centers and domestic communities); informal caretakers, volunteers as well as local organizers of social care network in domestic surrounding, who complement the expected system of de-institutionalization of long-term care and provide durability of the project.