Eurodiaconia, together with MEP Tomáš Zdechovský (EPP), invited policymakers, care providers, and key stakeholders, to discuss challenges and recommendations associated with the investment and the provision of social services in Europe. The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) calls for affordable, high-quality long-term care service and the inclusion of people with disabilities. This call faces major challenges: How can the new European Commission and European Parliament deliver on the EPSR and pave a way forward when by 2080 those aged 65+ will account for almost a third of the population and those aged 80+ will double (Eurostat).
The event discussed the importance of quality care as essential in providing sustainable services that respect the human rights of users and aim for the highest standards and presented the Erasmus+ supported “Q-Europe” project. Led by our member Slezska diakonie (CZ), partnering with Diaconia Valdese (IT), the University of Trnava (SK) and Eurodiaconia the project developed a tool to support LTC managers to assess and improve their work on rights-based service provision. Please have a look at its main output, the “Q-Europe Handbook. A Practical Guide to Improving Long-Term-Care in Europe” and the event report about the event in the European Parliament.
To know more about the Erasmus+ supported “Q-Europe” project, browse the Commission’s website.
To find more on the “Q-Europe Handbook”, consult our “Practical Guide to Improving Long-Term-Care in Europe”.
More on our event on investing in quality social services can be found on the event report.