Medical progress and improvements in our living and working conditions are helping more and more people to live long and longer.  The associated demographic change presents us with new challenges in medical and nursing care. Nurses in Berlin and Brandenburg already provide care for around 58,500 people in nursing homes and around 52,000 people in outpatient care services. Overall, about one-third of nursing care is provided in nursing homes and about two-thirds is provided by relatives and/or outpatient care services.

Strengthen the attractiveness of the nursing profession 

Due to the aging of the population, a drastically growing need for nursing is expected in the future. In addition, demographic change has a negative impact on the workforce potential and there will be fewer relatives providing care. Therefore, it is important to strengthen the attractiveness of the nursing profession and to protect the staff with a targeted occupational health management. Relatives providing care also need help as they often fail to meet the physical and psychological challenges associated with nursing. Fatigue or even burn-out can be the result. 

Measures for a self-determined life into old age 

In order to provide relief for caregivers, but also to meet the desire of many people to lead as much of a self-determined life as possible, scientific institutions and companies in the Berlin-Brandenburg region are developing technical and digital offerings and products. These include alternative forms of living such as (supervised) shared apartments, barrier-free living with service and support options, and technical aids in the field of ambient assisted living. For example, the SOPHIA Berlin and Brandenburg project combines a classic medical alarm with social support and consulting services.