The Foundation's 2017/2018 PROGRAMME  

1. Inclusion through social value"

To feel fully part of society or a particular community, individuals need to feel useful, irrespective of their physical condition or age. In 2016, a wide-ranging societal study on how the worth of elders is recognised and valued was launched, in collaboration with sociologist Stéphane Hugon and the Ipsos Institute. A representative panel of 8,000 people from four European countries (France, Italy, Germany and Belgium) will be interviewed for this survey, the results of which will be published in June 2018.

The Foundation will also be supporting various initiatives and intergenerational events designed to promote the passing-on of knowledge and the memory, including a "centanarians' day" in France.

The Foundation will issue an annual Award to honour a particularly original initiative promoting Ageing Well. The wiiner of this €15,000 prize will be chosen by an independent panel.

For this year, the chosen topic is intergenerationnality: the Award will go to a non-profit association that has developed an original, pertinent action promoting social relations, solidarity, and/or dialogue between two generations.

2. Inclusion through the development or preservation of autonomy

It is vital to encourage and support individuals suffering from a loss of autonomy to allow them to continue to lead fulfilled lives and to help them overcome their fears: fear of how others may see them, fear of being unable to access particular places, or fear of some other type of failure, whatever their home environment or other circumstances. Supporting and highlighting the work of the care staff and helpers who together strive to maintain the autonomy of fragile individuals on a daily basis is also vital.

The Foundation will support the following initiatives and research programmes

     • Preserving the autonomy of elderly people living in nursing homes

               - Impact study on the use of the "Flash" activity trolley to address severe behavioural disorders in care homes, conducted in collaboration with Professor Krolak-Salmon and the Charpennes Clinical Research Centre for Ageing, Mental Ability, and Frailty (Rhône, France). 
               - Study assessing the impact of virtual reality on pain and anxiety

     • Preventing loss of autonomy at home and in facilities

               - Study of incontinence prevention
               - Investigating how robotics can help individuals stand and walk, in partnership with French start-ups including Kompaï Robotics, Ezy Gain, and others. 
               - The evaluation of new physiotherapy and rehabilitation technologies in post-acute and rehabilitation care facilities

     • Therapeutic education of patients: making patients more autonomous and responsible in caring for their own health

               - Promotiong prevention and support care initiatives by means of innovative therapeutic education resources
               - Study of the impact of connected health devices on the autonomy and follow-up of patients suffering from chronic pathologies (accountability/compliance)
               - Impact study of an awareness campaign directed at GPs to decrease the prescription of anticholinergics (in partnership with LEEM and MEDISSIMO)
               - Study to screen for vulnerabilities using a self-administered questionnaire in post-acute and rehabilitation care facilities, in partnerships with the Toulouse Geriatrics Centre. 

     • Evaluation and promotion of outpatient care (day care, etc.)

               - Development and evaluation of care pathways facilitating home care alongside monitoring and regular check-ups by post-acute and rehabilitation care facilitaties multi-disciplinary teams (EU ACTIVAGE Project). 
               - Evaluation of the impact of new technology and connected health devices on improves remote patient monitoring and long-term compliance with treatments for diabetes, high blood pressure, and malnutrition

     • Promoting the work of care providers

               - "Ageing Well: the right words" study, in partnership with Notre Temps and Médiascopie
               - Study on the impact of uniform-wearing on the relationship between carers and those cared for, in partnership with François Rabelais University, Tours 
               - Study of end-of-life accompaniment, in collaboration with Marie de Hennezel

3. Inclusion through solidarity

Professions involving care and assistance for the vulnerable and dependent have a high human component, and involve a wide range of women and men bringing all their commitment and expertise to bear for the welfare of those they care for. This one-of-a-kind vocation means that care workers and the facilities in which they operate are also key resources when it comes to assisting families and promoting social integration at the local level, wherever they are.

    • Carer support programmes

The Foundation will provide backing for a number of carer support programmes, in partnership with the Aidant Attitude association: publishing practical guides, coordinating an online forum for discussions and experience-sharing, and more.

     • Helping young people from deprived backgrounds

To help make sure everyone benefits from the same opportunities for success, and assist young people from deprived backgrounds in finding a job, the Foundation will be offering tutoring programmes and job-shadowing internships to introduce them to professions relating to the elderly and make them aware of the opportunities available in the personal services industry.

     • Supporting single-parent families

The Foundation will be supporting initiatives directed at single-parent families, more particularly care workers – most of whom are women – whose circumstances involve them having to reconcile their job and family responsibilities.

The Korian Foundation will be implementing a skills patronage programme in all of these various areas, enabling Korian employees who so wish to devote part of their working hours to actions undertaken alongside non-profit associations whose goals are relevant to the Foundation's commitments.

4. Inclusion through sport and appropriate physical activity

The Korian Foundation aims to help promote physical activity for people of all ages. The LEDEN study, currently underway, has been designed to assess the benefits of physical activity on Alzheimer’s sufferers, in partnership with the Toulouse Geriatric Centre and the Siel Bleu non-profit association.

Sport is recognised as playing a part in social integration, and practicing a sport is one vital way of enhancing social relations and personal fulfilment.

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