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APPropriate CARE paths for frail elderly patients


Polibienestar is a Public Reseach Institute belonging to the University of Valencia (Spain) specialized in research, innovation and social technology, technical advice and training in the field of public policies. Its final mission is the improvement of the welfare and quality of life of society.

Polibienestar participates actively in two Action Groups of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing promoted by the European Commission: B3 Capacity building and replicability of successful integrated care systems based on innovative tools and services and D4 Innovation for age-friendly buildings, cities and environments. In the D4 action group, Polibienestar leads the ICT group that tries to increase the environment accessibility through ICT solutions and the spatial accessibility group that tries to respond to the accessibility requirements of elderly in the urban environment. In both groups, Polibienestar is working with the European Commission in the design of the strategic future lines of action at European level.

Polibienestar is member of the following European Networks: CORAL, ENSA, COST Action IS1102 “Social Services”, EIP-AHA.

Polibienestar has been compiling a wide know-how that provides deep capacities related with several topics connected with the project:

Sustainability of the European healthcare and social protection systems: The sustainable socio-health model promoted by Polibienestar consists of a joint reorganization of health and social systems. In this line, Polibienestar analyses the impact of alternative health systems and health interventions in terms of patients’ health benefits, response to the needs of patients, patients’ safety, ageing, effectiveness, and quality of care. Moreover, Polibienestar is developing a new scalable, multi-agent simulation tool based in risk identification and validation that will increase the prediction capacity of governance in the long-term care policies, improving the decision making in short, medium and large term in different European regions.

Screening tools for frailty risk factors: in order to promote the integrated care, Polibienestar uses assessment tools of health and social system, such as the RAI (Resident Assessment Instrument) and CARS (Community Assessment Risk Screen) to identify patients in need of specific interventions and prevention approaches. Moreover, Polibienestar is developing a new screening tool to identify elderly people with chronic diseases at risk of suffering future hospital admissions within the Spanish health and care context.

Management of patients with long-term needs and preventive approaches: Polibienestar applies diverse methodologies with multidisciplinary teams, like the case management, creates flexible management structures and develops preventive action protocols connected with screening instruments to risk groups (e.g. older patients at risk of hospital readmission). Thus, Polibienestar contributes to the multidisciplinary approach of the projects. Indeed, Polibienestar has been contracted to give expert advice in social and health policies in Valencia Region.

Promotion of active and healthy ageing: Polibienestar conducts research on ageing, the promotion of personal autonomy and measures to support good health and independent living. In this line, Polibienestar evaluates the benefits of elderly participation through leisure and touristic activities in terms of contribution to reduce their sedentary lifestyles and enhance their level of physical activity. On the other hand, Polibienestar identifies and analyses good practices, life-styles and initiatives in the field of active ageing, connections between formal and informal care, homecare, independently living, etc. along Europe.

Use of innovative approaches and ICTs for users’ wellbeing: One of the main fields of Polibienestar research is addressed to improve the quality of life of all citizens using ICT devices, expecially those solutions that contribute to improve the health, active ageing, and independent living for elderly and disabled people. In all the research and pilots, Polibienestar considers the ethical aspects of the use of ICT systems.

Training: Polibienestar has a large experience in formal and non-formal education because its team is composed by researchers and professors belonging to the University of Valencia, Castellón, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, and Castilla-León.

Polibienestar is a research centre with a deep experience in European, national and regional projects. Consequently, Polibienestar can elaborate states of the art, review the existing bibliography and compare existing interventions in topics related with: social and health systems, ambient assisted living, alternative health systems, prevention, promotion of physical activity in elderly people, etc. Polibienestar’s research highlights for its multi-disciplinary approach because different professionals from diverse disciplines and Universities compose its team.

Polibienestar has participated and coordinated regional, national and European projects.


Registration is open for the APPCARE Final Event to be held in Brussels on May 23rd 2019!

24 April 2019

Registration is open for the APPCARE Final Event to be held in Brussels on May 23rd 2019! For more information, please visit:

Round table “How to integrate project results to promote active and healthy ageing?” call for contribution!

24 April 2019

Round table “How to integrate project results to promote active and healthy ageing?” call for contribution! In the framework of the APPCARE Final Conference, a round table is organized to discuss how findings and recommendations of different projects in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing may be integrated in […]


3 July 2017

On june 9th 2017, the mid-term event of the APPCARE project took place in Valencia in the framework of the Transferring EU public policy into Regional social innovation: improving AHA for a better society workshop. This joint event with representatives of public administrations and experts of different projects working on […]

The APPCARE project will be presented during the 17° AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria) National Congress

6 December 2016

Florence, 30th March–1st April 2017 The symposium “Modalità innovative per la continuità delle cure nell’anziano. Il progetto APPCARE” [“Innovative modalities for the continuity of care in the elderly. The APPCARE project”] will take place on 30th March 2017 at 10 a.m. Click the following link  to consult the up-to-date […]

D 5.1 APPCARE model is now available for consultation!

6 December 2016

Deliverable D4.1 Eu Synthesis Report published

26 November 2015

Issue: November 9, 2015 Marjolein Lugtenberg, Elena Procaccini, Elisa Valia, Choni Doñate, Tamara Alhambra, Francesco Mattace Raso, Rob van Staveren, Carmen Franse, Amy van Grieken, Hein Raat (editors) Erasmus MC – University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Azienda ULSS n.9 Treviso, Italy, Polibienestar, Spain.

The APPCARE project

4 November 2015

APPropriate CARE paths for frail elderly patients – which involves three countries: Italy, Spain and The Netherlands is on line!

European Union

This publication is part of the project / joint action ‘664689 / APPCARE’ which has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020).

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