Innovative Approaches to Preventive Home Visits

Target groups

Older adults living in community housing in Høje-Taastrup Municipality, professionals and local resource persons including volunteer sector representatives.

Stakeholders

Høje-Taastrup Municipality and the local social housing strategy office.

Aim

To identify new methods to recruit and deliver preventive home visits for older adults with diverse ethnic and social backgrounds based on user-engagement and community-based approaches.

Middle-aged and older adults, who need early health promotion to ensure a good and active older life, are often those who do not contact or use municipal health promotion interventions. This pattern is also reflected when it comes to preventive home visits that are an multidimensional and person-centered dialogue taking place in the home of the older adult with the aim of ensuring timely intervention and strengthening of resources.

In a combined outreach- and intervention project municipal stakeholders, housing associations, local volunteer associations and researchers from Center for Healthy Aging are collaborating. The project are targeted older adults residing in two community housing areas - so-called diverse or disadvantaged communities - in Høje-Taastrup Municipality. Based on a recent change of legislation, preventive home visits are targeted and anchored in a collaboration with a range of stakeholders in the two communities. Focus is primarily on the growing number of older adults with ethnic minority backgrounds, but older adults with Danish background are also included. Through this approach, preventive home visits are integrated into community structures. The researchers gather knowledge on how to reach older adults living with more complex physical and psychosocial needs in health promotion interventions.

In addition, the project shed light on perceptions of health, aging and encounters with municipal services among older adults and evaluate new health promotion methods in collaboration between research and practice. Both qualitative and quantitative data are collected.

Associate Professor and research group leader Maria Kristiansen is head of the project. The project is partly funded by Helsefonden. The research in Center for Healthy Aging is supported by Nordea-fonden.