Health First Europe is pleased to welcome the European Confederation of Care Home Organisations (ECHO) to the organisation. ECHO was founded in 1989 as a confederation of private care and nursing home national associations in Europe. It is a non-profit organization pursuing social, scientific, informing and training aims in long term care sector and care services for older people. Located in Brussels, the Central Office pursues mainly the following objectives: fair and reasonable terms among care providers in long term care sector; high quality standards throughout Europe and a simultaneous reduction in bureaucracy; and a recognition of elderly care sector as a productive economy factor.
ECHO members provide residential care for independent and dependent elderly in care and nursing homes, day centres, services flats, dementia and rehabilitation centres, domiciliary care and telemedicine. ECHO is composed of the national federations of Bulgaria, Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland andthe Netherlands.. Its’ members take care now of more than 1,5 million elderly and employ 1,1 million staff people.
The European Confederation of Care Home Organisations has an important role at EU level in taking part in diverse European health regulation such as the Health Policy Forum, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP).
Health First Europe is pleased to have ECHO as a new member and looks forward to our future collaborations.
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