By 2030, there will be about 60 percent more men and women in Germany aged over 80. A rise from 2.4 million to 3.4 million persons requiring care is also expected during this same period – a giant task for society as a whole.Even though more and more people are active into old age, many are unable to properly lead a fulfilling life – some are indeed deprived of it - due to their need for care.
In order to restore these people’s independence in old age, the Private Health Insurance Association (in german: Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherung, PKV) set up the Centre for Quality in Care (in german: Zentrum für Qualität in der Pflege, ZQP) in 2009, because only high-quality care ensures quality of life.
The ZQP is a non-governmental organisation. As an independent foundation, it is committed to general wellbeing and closely follows the guidelines of good foundation practice as a member of the German Foundations Association.
Apart from offering advice in the political and scientific spheres, ZQP’s foundation work also consists of pooling existing knowledge on the topic of care, structuring it and providing it to the general public, e.g. in the form of freely accessible databases and checklists.
The ZQP team also initiates and attends to numerous study projects in order to generate new knowledge and utilise it in daily care work. This ranges from everyday domestic care, to balancing care and professional life, to dealing with future challenges such as the issue of migration and care.
The challenges of demographic change affect all European nations. The ZQP thus provides the findings from its foundation work, as well as the services and databases in this English-language overview, to interested parties from science and the professional world in Europe free of charge.