The Co-ordinating Office Long-term Care at the German Centre of Gerontology was established in January 2007 until December 2009 by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth with the objective to support further improvements in the quality of long-term care and assistance for the elderly.
Core activities of the Co-ordinating Office were:
- to disseminate the Charter of Rights for People in Need of Long-Term Care and Assistance and to support its implementation process.
- to support the Ministry in planning and organizing a campaign for professions within the field of long-term care (Fachkampagne „Berufsfeld: Moderne Altenpflege“).
Central activities of the Co-ordinating Office were the conceptual preparation and support of the Ministry’s public relations regarding the Charter and the monitoring of transfer-oriented model projects. The office also had the responsibility to respond to queries relating to the Charter from health professionals and the general public. Moreover, the Co-ordinating Office supported the Ministry in organizing public events addressing long-term care and support for the elderly. At these meetings, workshops and conferences practitioners, interest groups, transfer institutions and representatives of science and research had the opportunity to gather information and discuss new solutions. For further information about the Charter please visit:
The Ministry conducted – with the support of the office – a campaign for professions within the field of long-term care (Fachkampagne „Berufsfeld: Moderne Altenpflege“). The objective of the campaign, which lasted from September 2008 to March 2009, was to raise public awareness for the occupations in the field of long-term care, to revaluate the status of nurses and other professions within society and to pay tribute to long-term care professionals and trainees for their dedicated work. Furthermore, the Co-ordinating Office Long-term Care supported the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in developing a systematically planned, long-term strategy to improve the image and working conditions of the care professions in order to make it more attractive for potential trainees.
For further information about this campaign (available only in German) please visit:
The goals of the Co-ordinating Office Long-term Care renew the debate about key perspectives and strategies raised by the Round Table for Long-Term Care, a joint initiative accomplished in the years from 2003 to 2005 by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry for Health and Social Security.