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APPropriate CARE paths for frail elderly patients

Preventive care

APPCARE model for preventive care

With regard to prevention of functional decline and readmissions to hospital of frail elderly patients, the main challenges perceived are related to a quite common absence of links between prevention and hospital/territorial settings, due to a disease-specific rather than holistic care usually provided: for instance, the indication of prevention actions are not standardized in the hospital discharge protocols.

In addition, the lack of financial resources to perform these activities at an adequate quality level is perceived as a problem. Also frail elderly people are sometimes not willing to cooperate in activities or programs related to prevention, such as fall prevention. They do not consider them to be useful and accept the as normal hazards belonging to getting older.

In order to meet these challenges, the APPCARE model focuses on fall prevention and polypharmacy and grants:

  • Benchmark analysis of already existing prevention initiatives and pathways.
  • Assessment of physical activity and polypharmacy as a minimum set of preventive assessment.
  • Proposal of specific agreed pathways for fall prevention and management of polypharmacy to at-risk patients according to the benchmark analysis results. It is important to notice that the choice of the proposed preventive pathway will be strictly interconnected with the clinical status of patients.
  • Monitoring of pathways adherence of enrolled patients at 1 months, 3 months and 6 month.




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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