Project STAR - aging without limits / funded by the EFRD

Nursing home, Kantrida, Rijeka



OUR MISSION: To realize and develop the comprehensive care for elderly disabled persons through quality services of institutional and non-institutional protection, which are available and efficient:

OUR VISION: We would like to be appreciated and recognized for the quality of our services, contemporary way of doing our job, and for pleased and happy users.

Nursing home, Kantrida, Rijeka is situated in the western part of the city of Rijeka, above the main road towards Opatija.
It is a public, non-profitable institution founded by Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. It can accommodate 405 users.

The nursing home offers the services of organized accommodation for mobile, partly mobile and immobile elderly people who are unable to live in their houses.

Along the services offered to users in the institution, the nursing home Kantrida developed different types of services for the elderly in their own home and their families. The provision of the services is organized by the Department of home assistance.

There are also Clubs for elderly people in Rijeka, located to satisfy the need of the elderly according to their presence in certain parts of the city.


Role in the project

 Within the Nursing home, Kantrida, Rijeka, there are 6 Clubs for elderly people who operate as non-institutional types of care for the elderly, with the purpose of primary prevention. Basic aims of the Club are realized through volunteer activities and tasks: organization of help and self-help according to the principles of solidarity and reciprocity. Active participation in the Club activities enables the elderly to realize their own potential, with open possibilities for participation according to their own affinities. Social service – distribution of a soup kitchen in 4 clubs. Alarm system “Hello help” is a designing base for development of organized services of home assistance (long-distance services) from European program of social security and presents a contemporary type of the care for the elderly in their home. It operates within the Department for home assistance in the Nursing home Kantrida. The users of the program “Hello help” get the opportunity to live in a familiar surrounding of their home, with a 24-hour assistance, feeling of security, reduced feeling of loneliness, reduced medical treatment costs, and increased life quality. E-Qualin is a system of managing the quality within the institution, exclusively for care of the elderly and disabled. Application of this model in nursing homes increases pleasure and quality of life of our users and their relatives as well as our employees and all persons involved in provision of care for the elderly. Finally, application of this model in nursing homes should provide for a greater respect for the elderly, a more quality care and should put the users in the center of our attention.

Participation in this international project will enable us exchange of our knowledge and experience, professional training, improvement of care for the elderly through new models of work in institutional and non-institutional care. Moreover, the project will bring the benefit to direct users in the project and the entire community.

Innovative approach, predicted in the project regarding resolving issues around aging in the contemporary society, implies setting up a number of different types of deinstitutionalization of long-term care in the cross-border area and cooperation of local administration of Hrpelje-Kozina Municipality and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. This project will set a system for deinstitutionalization of social care at two levels. On the one hand, there will be a pilot daily center on the rural area of Hrpelje-Kozina Municipality, with innovative working methods following the model of the clubs that very successfully operate in the Nursing home Kantrida, and domestic community in Rijeka, which is one of the new and modern types of non-institutional care, according to the concept of the fourth generation of nursing homes and quality system E-Qalin: “User-directedness”, already developed at the level of EU, whose citizens live in a community similar to domestic surrounding. On the other hand, the project predicts training informal family caretakers who will through professional training acquire the necessary knowledge about care for the elderly, as well as setting up two networks of volunteers, on Slovenian and on Croatian part, to offer social protection and help to the elderly at their homes, coordinated by 2 trained network organizers. The system for deinstitutionalization of long-term care and 2 pilot types of deinstitutionalization will improve and expand the current system of social care in the cross-border area and consequently we will improve life quality of the elderly and increase efficiency and successfulness of services in the cross-border area, as predicted in the program Interreg V-A Slovenia – Croatia. The aim of the project is to use the cooperation between local administration and resource ministries of RS and CRO to reduce the discrepancy between supply and demand of long-term care, which is also the EU’s objective.