What is Wvo Zorg

WVO is a care organisation in the cities of Vlissingen (Flushing), Middelburg and Veere, The Netherlands. WVO has 8 nursing homes, 1 hospice, 4 day-care projects and home care. More than 1200 professionals and 700 volunteers provide care and services to 3500 care clients 24 hours an day, 7 days a week.

WVO are specialized in the care of older people with dementia and believes that people with dementia can live actively in the community, though necessarily with some restrictions. An important element is to bring care and culture together and to use art as a way of communicating with dementia sufferers.

WVO has a vision. Clients and families let in the meetings clearly know that they themselves wish to organize their lives, as long as possible want to be independent and want to continue to do things themselves. They want to be herein supported and facilitated by an involved and knowledgeable staff and volunteers who have time and space to get to know them and from there be able to connect to the opportunities that everyone has.

The facility is set up like a small care city. The welfare of the (nursing home) residents is considered of great importance. Therefore, much attention is paid to exercise, art and culture. We have eg. two art-workshops, a fitness center and an extensive cultural program. The vision is that people who live enjoyable and can make use of an attractive wellness offerings require less care.

Within the facility they have space dedicated to working with artists, an academic room, restaurants, music rooms etc. The specialist art studios are used by both residents and people with dementia living at home.

Small scale is found in all parts of the organization. In our nursing homes, we work according to the concept of small-scale housing. A nursing home has 6-8 residents. The vision here is to be ‘just like home’. Everything is just like home; errands, making meals and domestic work (including washing) is done by the employees. Where possible, clients are involved in these daily activities.

Program for the event in Holland

Henk Rosendal: key note speaker April 21st

Key note speaker on Friday April 21st is Henk Rosendal. The theme will be ‘The future employee’. The welfare state is making way for the participatory society. The role of technology is increasing. Much is therefore set to change for home care and elderly care. Elderly people will continue to live at home for longer and will need to do more themselves, together with their environment. The policy enabling elderly people to remain living at home for longer was launched in recent years. Future employees have to develop a new way of working, provided they are invited to do so and are facilitated therein. How to support them in the suppression of the well-intentioned repair reflex.

Henk Rosendal is professor Neighbourhood Care at Health Innovation Research Centre of Rotterdam University. “The future of healthcare lies in the district. There live the chronically ill and the elderly, there are opportunities for early detection and intervention”. Henk Rosendal works at the moment among others on the project ‘home in the neighborhood’, which offer small neighborhood-based teams of nurses, district nurses and GPs integrated care.

Lucas Meijs: key note speaker Thursday afternoon April 20th 2017!

Prof. Dr. Lucas Meijs is professor of “Strategic Philanthropy and volunteering” at Erasmus University Rotterdam.  His current research focuses on issues related to volunteer/non-profit management, corporate community involvement and civil society. Professor Meijs teaches  courses on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship. He is board member of several Dutch nonprofit organizations. His has served for seven years as member of the Dutch Council on Social Issues.

Lucas Meijs is our key note speaker Thursday afternoon on the themes ‘participation and volunteering’. The Netherlands are dismantling the classical welfare state, a system that they can no longer sustain.  The welfare state is slowly but surely evolving into a ‘participation society’ – asking people to do more to help each other before turning to the government for aid. The public systems should start encouraging self-reliance over government dependency.

Second key note speaker presented

Lucien Engelen, second key note speaker for the event in Vlissingen!

Thursday morning April 20th 2017 key note speaker will be Lucien Engelen on the theme technology, followed by a design workshop.

It is at the intersection of technology and patient empowerment, which is where Lucien Engelen (1962), director of the Radboud University REshape Center feels most at home.

His personal mission is to change healthcare through the use of technology (as a tool) into an environment with a strong(er) patients perspective. Also addressing the ethical question “what if we can do ‘everything’, given the increasing possibilities of exponential technology”. What will the future look like, and what do we have to do today to cope with that. Imagineering is a contraction of imagination’ (imagination) and ‘engineering’ (technique). It is a form of communication in which the perception imagineer seeks to strengthen the connection. Between organization and audience through experience, not only through text in a rational way, but also through other senses.

“We have entered an era of exponential growing technology that in some parts seems almost abundant. It is great to see the possible change that can come out of that, creating the opportunity to create a sustainable health(care whilst never forgetting the impact the human touch can make”.

Summary of the event in Tampere

Key note speaker for the event in Vlissingen!

Wednesday evening April 19th 2017 the delegations from Helsingborg, Foligno, Tampere and Vlissingen at the SafeAge conference are invited for an informal walking dinner. Key note speaker this evening will be Ap Dijksterhuis on the theme of ‘happiness’.

Ap Dijksterhuis is professor, entrepreneur, speaker and writer, and head of the Department of Social Psychology of the University of Nijmegen. As a researcher, he focuses on unconscious intuitive processes that play a role in decision making and creativity.  Dijksterhuis won a handful of scientific prizes (including the very prestigious Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association), and is editor of the Authoritative Science.  As a writer and popular speaker, he tries to inspire people.

In his latest book ‘On our way to happiness’ he shows that we control a great deal of our own happiness. Even for 50 percent, contemporary science tells us. In our journey of understanding happiness, Ap Dijksterhuis connects the modern psychology and neuroscience with the classical western philosophy and eastern philosophy.

Together with WVO Zorg he is doing research on interventions, that our employees can use to improve the happiness of our clients in a way that it lowers the care burden.

Material from event in Tampere

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Programme 15.-16.9.2016