Österlenprojektet: A shared vision for a better, safer, more compassionate end of life.
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||May 2019 - February 2020|
|Venture||Social innovation - development and testing|
|Call||Test and develop a social innovation – step 1 2019|
Purpose and goal
The objective of Österlenprojektet is to ensure that all citizens in Simrishamn get good and equal care and promote dignity in one’s final years. We focus on seamless care integration, education in palliative care (PC), and civic engagement as pathways to a better end of life for all. We put importance on a social perspective on care because social connectedness, similar to good medical care, is integral to well-being at the end of life. Through civil and institutional partnerships we hope to foster a more supportive, compassionate society around dying patients and their families.
Expected results and effects
The long term vision is to promote a self-sustaining model for community support around dying patients and their families. This means empowering a grassroots led effort that is integrated into informal as well as formal support and care networks. In practice, dying patients and their families should experience a lower threshold of contact to support in the community; public institutions should have policies in place which address the needs of ill and grieving individuals; and people should have greater access to knowledge and awareness about how to prepare for the end of life.
Planned approach and implementation
Our project employs the internationally recognized ‘compassionate community’ method which has evidenced positive social change in both Australia and the U.K. Compassionate communities harness the skills and knowledge of citizens to build a more supportive society around people with life-limiting illness and grief. This is done through things like volunteer networks and policy-making; falling under an umbrella of democratic organizing. We start with the vision of citizens and follow up with action from community leaders, non-profit organisations, the media and municipality.