What is an Integrated Care Plan

Model project for integrated participation and care planning starts

University of Siegen and the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein start an innovative planning project together to better network offers of participation and care.

Planning offers for people with intellectual disabilities, mental illnesses as well as older people and people in need of care in Siegen-Wittgenstein closer to the people and better networking - that is the aim of a model project at the University of Siegen. Under the title “Integrated Participation and Care Planning in the Siegen-Wittgenstein District” (iTP.si-wi), the Center for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) at the University of Siegen, the Siegen-Wittgenstein District and actors from the field work together. "I would like Siegen-Wittgenstein to become a reference group with a role model in terms of integrated social planning," said Prof. Dr. Johannes Schädler, managing director of the ZPE and head of the research project.

The two-year model project has now officially started with a kick-off event in Lÿz. Among other things, the participants discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the existing opportunities for participation: How can services for people with disabilities cooperate more closely with care services? What should regional apps be able to do to make them accessible to people with intellectual disabilities? How can the socio-spatial infrastructure in the district municipalities be used jointly? For example, what can sports clubs do to make their offers more accessible, be it for wheelchair users or people with learning difficulties? And above all: How can all the players involved in participation and care planning work together in the planning areas of the district area in order to address precisely these questions effectively and to develop solutions together?

"There are already good offers in Siegen-Wittgenstein, which we now want to merge," said District Administrator Andreas Müller, summarizing the project objective and was pleased to be able to welcome numerous actors from the work with the disabled, the care industry, from local initiatives and municipalities. "I hope that we can take many other actors with us," said the district administrator, who expressly supported the project idea to test the integrated planning activities in five district regions.

In order to improve the networking of the offers at the local level, the ZPE will first record the existing offers together with the local stakeholders and analyze the structures. On this basis, they want to develop a theoretical model and work out recommendations in workshops. They should contribute to the networking of the existing offers and to the improved accessibility of the social services for those affected.

Junior Professor Dr. Sabine Meier, holder of the Chair for Spatial Development and Inclusion at the University of Siegen, led through the introductory panel discussion of the kick-off event with the leading participants. "I hope that we can build a network that will be continued after the end of the project," said Helge Klinkert, head of the district for schools, education, social affairs, youth and health. This was confirmed by Nicole Reschke, Mayor of the City of Freudenberg, representing the local authorities in the district: "I hope that it will become a matter of course to always think about participation." the project. Together with Frank Büdenbender, 1st chairman of the newly founded Siegen Association for Supplementary Independent Participation Advice Siegen-Wittgenstein (EUTB), they emphasized the importance of the model project with regard to the expansion of existing contacts and guaranteed support.