After a requirements study of the elderly and their environment, the care currency will be defined further. The end users of the care currency are the elderly, their informal network, people from the neighborhood, younger and older volunteers and people that can be activated.

The care currency will be utilized for:

  • High quality and affordable care for the elderly: by encouraging fellow citizens to assume more care tasks for the elderly by means of volunteer efforts, and in this way to unburden informal care
  • Active ageing: by which the elderly again obtain greater meaning for society and their feeling of dignity is reinforced
  • Promoting intergenerational solidarity: promotes cooperation between young and old and breaks through social isolation
  • Closing the digital gap among the elderly

Specific objectives

  • After two years, Troeven intends to reach a total of 350 users that make use of the care exchange system at least 35 hours per year.
  • Troeven will simultaneously design a care currency model that meets the needs of the elderly and at the same time reinforces the connection with young people.
  • The legal and financial challenges inherent to the use of care currency will also be listed and analyzed.
  • Defining the payment platform and related software.
  • Troeven wishes to develop the care currency by means of a co-creative cooperation model in which the (semi) authorities, healthcare institutions, social players, and education and research institutions involve the business world and end-user organizations.
  • Troeven will develop a business model that is sustainable and does not remain dependent on government funds.

Ambition: The Kempen region is home base for Troeven, but its ambition is to roll out this care exchange model to Flanders (and if possible, also abroad).