In for Care

For a developed collaboration between healthcare, family members, the voluntary sector and caretakers.


Demographics in European countries are changing. The countries around the North Sea all have an ageing population and an increased need for healthcare at the same time as resources are limited. As a consequence, healthcare systems are changing in a direction in which civil society is given a more important role.

Today, 1.3 million Swedes have a close family member who needs care. Support for people caring for a family member is becoming more and more important and the development of new forms of collaboration between public healthcare and voluntary organisations is constantly evolving.

The In for Care project aims to explore how new forms of collaboration between the public sector, the private sector and civil society can provide answers to how increasing needs and demands can be met and how informal networks can be supported through new technology.


The project will develop the informal sector in healthcare and will be implemented in close collaboration with municipalities, patients, family members and voluntary organisations in Värmland. The ambition is to stimulate the public sector to increase demand for innovations and to generate new solutions that can develop public welfare services.

The potential is great both in terms of improved quality of life for patients and a more efficient use of healthcare resources. There is also the potential to provide family members and other volunteers with increased opportunities to support older people through increased knowledge, better tools and new forms of collaboration with the public healthcare system.


In the project, the County Council of Värmland will focus on older people with multiple illnesses. It is a broad target group with a large spectrum of ailments and need for knowledge and support. It is also a patient group that uses a large proportion of healthcare resources today.

The three-year project is being implemented in collaboration with around ten organisations in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland and Sweden. In Värmland, the County Council and the County Administrative Board are participating in the project.


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Project Info

In for Care is an Interreg project within the EU programme North Sea Region Programme.
  • Status: Active
  • Theme: Close care, Person-centred care, Policy and culture
  • Lab environment: Region Värmland
Olga Sabirova Höjerström
Olga Sabirova Höjerström
Service Designer