On 11th October 2017, Swedish Care International joined more than 1800 participants from all around the world in Odense, Denmark for Week of Health and INNovation 2017 (WHINN 2017). WHINN is a one-week health tech and health innovation festival, packed with conferences, side events, exhibitions, business matchmaking sessions and networking activities. This year, WHINN 2017 covered three main topics: Connected Health, Value-based Health and Care, and Sustainable Hospital.
We were proud to have Dr Karin Lind-Mörnesten, CEO of Swedish Care International, invited as a keynote speaker at WHINN 2017. Titled Acknowledged Research, Practical Principles and Technology Go Hand in Hand, Dr Karin Lind-Mornesten focused on the importance of technology development as an effective tool for the internationalisation of knowledge transfer and training in the elderly and dementia care sector.
In her speech, she shared how Swedish Care International is currently active in five key areas of elderly and dementia care:
- Training and certification
- Nursing home concepts
- Digital projects
- Global meeting
- Scholarship for nursing students
Training and certification
In an effort to facilitate knowledge transfer internationally, Swedish Care International coordinates with selected partners to export education and training in elderly and dementia care overseas. Among our education partners are Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, Karolinska Institutet and Sophiahemmet University. In addition, Swedish Care International also develops its own e-learning courses based on the Silviahemmet care philosophy. Today, Swedish Care International has 9 national partners across Europe and Asia.
Nursing home concepts
Swedish Care International develops and disseminates nursing home concepts, from idea to opening, in collaboration with experts in areas as diverse as architecture, furniture design, staff well-being and (of course) our core product, training. This with the purpose of providing its clients with one-stop planning and resources for the implementation of nursing homes for the elderly or those living with dementia. Thorough studies are conducted prior to the beginning of each project in order to ensure that all the conditions are in place for optimal care and cultural adaptation is always a key ingredient in the work that Swedish Care International provides to its clients.
As the number of tech-savvy users grows rapidly, Swedish Care International continues to adopt a digital approach to raise awareness about dementia. Till date, Swedish Care International has launched a website (Dementia Forum) and three mobile applications (Memory Box, Elderly Care and Dementia Support). Targeted at informal caregivers (family members, relatives and friends) of people with dementia, users can learn everything about dementia and other elderly-related issues, and find helpful tips when caring for their loved ones. To further its cause via digital projects, Swedish Care International started Geras Solutions, a mobile application for cognitive impairment diagnosis, support and disease management throughout the entire dementia cycle. The mobile application is currently under development.
In 2015, Swedish Care International introduced Dementia Forum X, a bi-annually international conference to stimulate conversation on dementia and the global challenges that come with it. Through Dementia Forum X, Swedish Care International aims to raise awareness about dementia and encourage key stakeholders from all around the world to take action on dementia. The second and latest Dementia Forum X was held on 18th May 2017 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and the next one will take place in 2019.
Scholarship for nursing students
Swedish Care International also recognises the importance of nursing and nurses’ role in elderly and dementia care. In 2013, Swedish Care International founded Queen Silvia Nursing Award, a nursing scholarship that aims to drive innovation and creativity in the elderly and dementia care sector, as well as increase the attractiveness of a nursing career. With a global ageing population looming, the need for nurses has never been more necessary.
This concludes our involvement in WHINN 2017! We are thankful for the special invitation, and we look forward to our participation in the next one in 2018! You may find the rest of the presentation slides from the event here.