Society is challenged by a growing number of ageing people that live longer and age in place. A growing group of elderly is living alone and not receiving support. The lack of relationships combined with an increasing need of support leads not only to a decrease in empowerment, but also to loneliness.
Many interventions have been developed to address loneliness. It is though hard to select a suitable one in an unique situation and to implement it. In addition the conditions to be able to implement the interventions matter: It depends on the type of loneliness and the motivation to participate socially. Furthermore service providers are expected to make the transition to community-based services.
This has an impact on the different roles professionals must play.
Professionals need to know which interventions can be implemented, what their role is and what are the required skills are to carry it out. Hence, we want to exchange good practices for the innovation of approaches of social inclusion, with the aim of improving the skills and competencies of students and professionals in the field of care and welfare.
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