ESR 7: A collaborative intervention integrating home care and nursing home care

16 April 2020

Early Stage Researcher 7 - Lindsay Groenvynck - Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

A collaborative intervention integrating home care and nursing home care

Project update:
In the Netherlands, at Maastricht University, Lindsay is working on improving the transition from home to nursing home for older persons living with dementia. To obtain this goal, she is finishing the first phase of her Ph.D.-project. This phase entails the realization of a scoping review and the development of a transitional care model. The scoping review has the goal to analyze current transitional care interventions from home to nursing home. Alongside this scoping review, Lindsay is also finishing her first paper in which she discusses a transitional care model to improve and develop transitional care interventions. After finishing these two papers, she will do a process evaluation of transitional care interventions already developed by care organizations in the Netherlands and Belgium. With this process evaluation, the first step to bringing her research into practice will be taken.

Project leaders:
Dr. Hilde Verbeek, Prof. Dr. Jan Hamers
Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

The project will be conducted from the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, a formal and structural collaboration of Maastricht University with 7 long-term care organisations, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Vocational Training Institute Gilde Zorgcollege

Objective of the project:
To improve the transition from home to institutional care by developing and evaluating a collaborative intervention that integrates home care and institutional nursing home care in co-creation with research and practice (e.g. nurses, doctors, policy makers).

Expected results:

  • A collaborative intervention model that integrates home care and nursing home care, as to better meet the needs of senior citizens with dementia and their informal caregivers at the time of transition.
  • Evidence on the process and outcomes of the collaborative intervention model with a view to optimal quality of care and will being and avoiding negative effects (disorientation, agitation, delirium etc.)


  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university:
    KU Leuven, Belgium
    Supervisor: Prof. Theo van Achterberg
  • Non-academic secondment:
    Wit-Gele Kruis van Vlaanderen (White-Yellow Cross of Flanders, community nursing organisation), Belgium
    Supervisor: Dr. Kristel de Vliegher


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