Nordic-Arctic rehabilitation project between Aalborg, Torshavn and Nuuk

Three municipalities in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland are collaborating within a “Nordic-Arctic Rehabilitation Network”.

Aalborg Municipality, Tórshavnar Kommuna and Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq have agreed to cooperate within rehabilitation for a three-year project period. Arctic Consensus is project manager, and Lise-Lotte Terp, Director, comments on the cooperation:

“It is a pleasure and honor to work with such dedicated resources for the benefit of future efforts in Nordic Arctic rehabilitation. We are creating an important foundation that future cooperation can build upon.

Thank you to all contributors from the three municipalities and the Nordic Council of Ministers for contributing economically to this project.”

The project is based on a common goal that citizens achieve as high a quality of life as possible. Specifically, this can mean that a citizen receiving home help can get help to become more self-reliant in everyday life, and perhaps do completely without home care.

The project is to be seen in the light of the fact that all three countries will experience major demographic challenges in the coming years due to an aging population and because our societies have become better at treating chronic diseases, which increases the need for public assistance to older people.

Rehabilitation is understood in the project description as “a targeted and timed cooperation process between citizens, relatives and professionals”. Part of the purpose of the cooperation is to increase independence, self-reliance and quality of life for the individual citizen. Another part is to share experiences in rehabilitation methods across the three Nordic countries, as well as to profile Nordic cooperation.

In connection with the project, the Director of Arctic Consensus, Lise-Lotte Terp and project coordinator Ann-Brit Johansen will travel to Torshavn from November 18 to 22. A total of 27 participants from Aalborg Municipality, Torshavn Municipality, Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq and Arctic Consensus will participate in the trip. In addition to establishing a Nordic-Arctic rehabilitation network, the program includes seminars and workshops on rehabilitation in the Arctic / Nordic countries, institutional visits and advisory board meetings before and after.

Establishment of Nordic-Arctic Rehabilitation Network is supported by Nordregio, Nordic Council of Ministers.