Centre for Continuing Assistance and Palliative Care
Italy has always been a Country with a largely elderly population. This leads every year to an increasing number of people with chronic illnesses or particular frailties who are in increasingly urgent need of care, specialised staff and facilities. It’s in this context that the project we support comes to life: the realisation of the Centre for Continuing Assistance and Palliative Care of the Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli Foundation, the organisation with the aim of protect all the people in the field of scientific research and biomedical, health, care and education innovation.
Centre’s goal will be double: become a point of reference for all the patients from Lazio and Central and Southern Italy with an integrate service of Day Hospital and Continuity of Care activities, and ensure the continuity of care for these patients with high clinical and care needs (cognitive impairment, dementia, degenerative neurological diseases, Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome in the transition to adulthood, Fragile X syndrome in the transition to adulthood, rare diseases or palliative care). This will be possible thanks to the engagement of the necessary clinical and professional figures, the adaptation of the Centre’s spaces and thanks to the acquisition of new technological devices.
The operativity of the Centre for Continuing Assistance will be develop in three phases: during the first one, dedicated and customised care paths will be created for each specific patient category. In the second phase these services will be provided on an outpatient basis in the Day Hospital of the Continuity of Care Centre. Lastly, in the third phase we will work on a progressive integration of our in-hospital model with the territorial service network, in order to try giving to as many patients as possible the care they need.
At present, in fact, the Centre's operators estimate that they are able to help more than 8,000 patients a year, of whom 1,700 will be taken on a palliative care pathway, 3,500 followed within the Day Hospital of which about 400 with Down's syndrome or rare genetic diseases, 1,000 with Parkinson's disease, 1,200 with cognitive impairment and about 900 with geriatric diseases typical of ageing (such as respiratory diabetes or behavioural disorders).
Association: Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli Foundation
Beneficiaries: more than 8,000 particularly frail or chronic patients
Contribution: up to € 500.000,00
Duration: April 2023 - March 2024