We discovered that the careful use of the assessment instrument also provide a huge amount of metadata, which can result to responsible substantiated and evidence based choices for the development of healthcare and welfare care. For example New Zealand scientists proved that there are no long-term added values for the health of elderly to live in resorts rather than in their homes.
Surprisingly we also noted additional values of the assessment. For example in South Africa volunteers visits frail elderly at home to assist them to asses their condition. The assessment resulted to discuss together their vulnerability. Based up on the CAP’s together they made an improvement plan that leaded tot different success stories. The visits of the volunteers and the improved condition also resulted in a reduction in loneliness.
About World interRAI conference:
Between February 3rd and February 5th, the 2nd World interRAI Conference was organized in Leuven, at the University Hospital of the Catholic University of Leuven. The organizers were Chantal Van Audenhove and Anja Declercq from LUCAS, the research center on care and consultancy of KU Leuven
Brant Fries, President of interRAI, made the opening remarks, together with the organisers. Subsequently, Wouter Beke, Flemish Minister for Welfare, Public Health, the Family and Poverty Reduction, in his talk stressed the importance of interRAI and BelRAI for the Flemish Social Protection.
The participants had a choice between 35 parallel sessions and 15 symposia over the course of three days. During lunch, over 40 posters were on display. We learned about new instruments, new applications, about implementation in different countries and continents and about how the interRAI output is used in practice.
Each day started and ended with a plenary session. David O’Toole, CEO of the Canadian Institute for Health Information informed us of the possibilities longitudinal interRAI data offer for strategic care policies at the local, country and international levels. Len Gray and John Hirdes presented the possibilities the interRAI instruments offer for acute and mental health care respectively. Lynn Martin and Chantal Van Audenhove talked about the relationship between interRAI and person-centered care.
In between sessions, during the lunches, the opening reception and the conference dinner, people got to know each other and new collaborations originated. Moreover, Brant Fries officially presented the interRAI Contract signed by himself and by Federal Minister of Public Health Maggie De Block to Jo De Cock of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance and Pedro Facon of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.