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CELLO is currently involved in the following projects:

Vulnerable residents in fragile residences: An inquiry into tensions of residential care

Registation number: 19-07724S

Czech Science Foundation (Grantová agentura České republiky), 2019-2021, board No. P404

Project is implemented in cooperation with the Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague

This qualitative sociological research focuses on a specific tension in residential care for people identified as disabled: the tension between care for the residents, enabling them to live their lives as “normally” as possible, and care for the residences, safeguarding their economic and “cultural” worth. In the Czech Republic, the residential institutions are often housed in castles, monasteries or historical villas, which are similarly out-of-shape, fragile and unattached as their inhabitants. And although care for people and maintenance of things might seem to be two completely different and unrelated activities, they go hand-in-hand and cannot be separated. Our research will contribute to the recent turn of social sciences towards interest in materialities and normativities of care. In short, we will analyze a single field of practice as framed by several diverging logics and sets of values, paying attention to how the multiplicity is managed. We also hope that our research will help to improve living and working conditions in residential care facilities.

Principal investigator: Zdeněk Konopásek (CTS)

Research team members: Dana Hradcová (CELLO FHS); Michal Synek (CTS); Radek Carboch (CELLO FHS)

Long-term care for patients with dementia, analysis of the current situation in the Czech Republic and Europe, possibilities of transformation of institutional care regarding quality of life, quality of care and resource use

Registration Number: NV18-09-00587

Czech Health Research Council (Agentura pro zdravotnický výzkum České republiky)

Project proposal reflects, in the field of long- term care of persons with dementia, the main goal of the National programme of applied research "to asure internationally comparable research for better health of our population and better response to needs of health care system in the Czech Republic". Long-term care of persons with dementia has been internationally recognized as a research priority, this attention has not attracted in the Czech Republic. The goal of the project is to analyze current situation in long-term care of persons with dementia in the Czech Republic, provide ovierview on this topic and comparison with other European countries. Methods: mixed method research in long-term care institutions (data about patients, care quality, environment, team interactions, stakeholders roles etc.)

Case management as a complex intervention in dementia, its impact on resource utilisation and the quality of life of patients and caregivers

Registration Number: NV15-32942A

Czech Health Research Council (Agentura pro zdravotnický výzkum České republiky)

Case management is generally seen as a way to provide efficient, cost-saving person-centred care for people with dementia by connecting together fragmented services. The project will explore efficiency, effectiveness and feasibility of the case management method, and will suggest legislative changes necessary for its introduction. The project's main aim is to explore the use of the case management method in the Czech Republic and selected EU countries, to identify factors which promote and hinder the effectiveness of case management's implementation and to develop efficient model of case management for people with dementia based on evaluation of existing services through detailed case studies. Furthermore, we want to open public and professional discussion about case management for people living with dementia.

Sociological aspects of Case management in dementia and its impact on the quality of life of users of social and health services and their caregivers

Sociological segment of the project “Case management as a complex intervention in dementia, its impact on resource utilisation and the quality of life of patients and caregivers”

People living with dementia constitute a highly vulnerable group of clients of social- and health-care services, whose fragility and multiple needs call for complex and coordinated care efforts. For them, fragmentation and low efficiency of social- and health-care systems present a serious problem. While in care for other vulnerable groups – e.g. for people with psychiatric disorders or for vulnerable children – a coordination mechanism called case management is being implemented with success, no such mechanism for planning and implementing needed services for people living with dementia exists in the Czech Republic so far. Our research project aims at finding out how care for people living with dementia in the Czech Republic is planned and coordinated at the level of individual cases, what formalised forms planning and coordination of services attain and how lack of institutional and legislative frameworks enabling efficient coordinated cooperation influences realisation and quality of care. Qualitative research inspired by insights of actor-network-theory, material semiotics and critical disability studies will concentrate mainly on linking together different repertoires of caring, on performativity of different modes of ordering care and on the role people living with dementia themselves play in planning and coordination activities. As a sociological segment of a broader project called "Case management as a complex intervention in dementia, its impact on resources utilisation and the quality of life of patients and caregivers" it will strive to contribute to identification of key facilitators and obstacles to implementation of CM for people living with dementia and to formulating a viable model for the Czech Republic.

PALLIARE - Interprofessional experiential learning (IPE) solutions: equipping the qualified dementia workforce to champion evidence informed improvement to advanced dementia care and family caring

Registration Number: 2014-1-UK01-KA203-001819

Erasmus+ UK National Agency

This project will provide educational solutions in the form of innovative interprofessional learning experiences to tackle stereotyping of dementia care as low skilled and dismantle leadership barriers facing certain disciplines with a predominately female workforce. We aim to create a range of social participatory and practice based learning resources to equip qualified practitioners from all health and social care disciplines to champion improvements to extended palliative dementia care in their workplace and through membership of a facilitated virtual international community of practice. Such shared dynamic interprofessional education, will promote confidence, liberate untapped talent and encourage workforce mobility with the added value of improving the status of dementia care as a career choice.

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Gerontological and Organisational Supervision (GOS)

Since 2010, CELLO, in collaboration with the Czech Alzheimer’s Society, has been carrying out the project ‘Gerontological and organisational supervision II - professional support and organisational supervision in accommodation facilities for older people and people with disabilities in the South Moravian region‘.

In 2016, the project has focused on the priorities of the medium-term development goals outlined by South Moravian social services for the period 2015 - 2017 in relation to long-stay accommodation facilities in the health and social sector:

•development of the quality of the provided care through defined programmes and activities (attitudes to ethical care, Bon Appetit programme, theatrical work, legal support of the clients of Homes for persons with disabilities and Homes with special regime, support of inter-professional collaboration).

•care management and the creation of supportive environments and development of social inclusion for clients (self-advocacy support groups, rehabilitation)

•process of de-institutionalisation and transformation of social services through assistance in creating a development plans for funded organizations during the period 2017-2020

•support for family carers and improved collaboration with family members in the provision of residential care for older people.

•support in the service development and in training teams in the field of mental health and addiction (de-stigmatisation, methods of support and consultation in rehabilitation).

•theatrical work with clients and staff of the facilities.

The Czech - Austrian Project - The Long-term Care Study

Registration Number: 16-34873L


Grantová agentura České republiky

This project aims for a better understanding of long-term care provision for older people in Austria and the Czech Republic by looking specifically at health status and provision of care by both family and professional caregivers. Long-term care for people with dementia is often an underrated segment of care. Age-associated illnesses along with demographic changes are resulting in an increased demand for long-term care, which in turn is one of the greatest challenges facing public health systems. There is a serious lack of basic research data on this subject in Austria and the Czech Republic. In fact, it is estimated that only 30% of people affected by dementia actually receive a medical diagnosis and appropriate treatment. This project aims to address four domains of interest through the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to collect the following data: (1) personal data such as dementia diagnosis and general health status; (2) data from the perspective of care staff, such as burden of care; (3) data from relatives of residents, and (4) data relating to environmental factors of the LTC institutions (size, staffing). The two research groups will bring together their medical and psychological expertise and develop a common study protocol. Using a cross-sectional design, approximately five nursing homes will be randomly selected in both Austria and the Czech Republic (N= approximately 1000 study subjects).

INDUCT - Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology

Registration Number: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015

Europian Commission - Horizon 2020

Funded through H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks, 2015 (grant agreement number 676265), INDUCT is aimed at developing a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial educational research framework for Europe to improve technology and care for people with dementia, and to provide the evidence to show how technology can improve the lives of people with dementia with the following objectives:

  • to set up INDUCT the European multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial educational research network;

  • to provide a comprehensive training program for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR’s) to acquire a deep understanding of the nature of dementia and needs in relation to the use of technology and to equip them with the right skills needed for work in academia, industry or the health and social sector;

  • to determine the practical, cognitive and social factors needed to make technology more useable for people with dementia;

  • to evaluate the effectiveness of specific contemporary technology;

  • to trace facilitators and barriers for implementation of technology in dementia care; and

  • to disseminate the knowledge and evidence on how technology can be best applied and implemented in dementia care and can improve the lives of people with dementia.

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Needs Assessment of Family Caregivers of Elderly

Registration Number: 16-07931S

Czech Science Foundation (Grantová agentura České republiky)

Support of family caregivers became crucial now, at a time of increasing life expectancy and recognition of human right to live at home even with disabilities. The main objective of the project is to analyze the needs of family caregivers for the elderly to specify the model of changing needs of caregivers in various stages of care in relation to the characteristics of individual actors, families, the wider community and the health and social care system. We will study critical moments of family elderly caregiving such as protective and risk factors influencing decision of family abut caregiving. We will investigate general relations (qualitative study of caregivers sample from general population) as well as specific needs of families caring about elderly with dementia and outcome measures of various types of supportive programs for relatives of people with dementia (intervention study).

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