At times of vulnerability and illness, patients need to find in health workers a sense of involvement, sharing, solidarity, listening skills, sensitivity, kindness and humanity, as well as dialogue.
The relationship between the caregiver and the person being cared for, in a philosophy that Fondazione Zoé calls the Human Touch, is therefore envisaged as a truly important part of care.
Through the Human Touch Academy, Zoé wants to make an important contribution to the promotion of this philosophy among all those who, in any capacity, whether professionals or carers, are there to help the patient and its family, developing training to:
There can be no health without the continuous development of knowledge and the ability to predict, recognise and interpret changes in society and in the concept of health itself.
One of the areas in which Zoé decided to become involved is the living spaces of people with Parkinson’s disease and, more in general, people with motor disorders, elderly people, their families and caregivers, developing guidelines for designing and creating a fully functional and safer home environment with the aim of improving their quality of life.
To do this, Zoé set up an ambitious international project, Home Care Design for Parkinson’s Disease, in partnership with the Ergonomics & Design Laboratory at the University of Florence, Parkinson Italia (Confederation of Italian Parkinson’s Disease Associations), and The Limpe Academy.
The guidelines are targeted at designers, architects, technicians, developers and healthcare professionals, with the aim of contributing to the design of furniture and equipment within the home environment, so that it is safe but also pleasant to live with for all members of the family.
Life sciences and health research innovation contribute to strengthening the country’s competitiveness, also ensuring that Italy does not play a secondary role with regard to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and the Europe 2020 strategy for a competitive, smart and sustainable Europe.
In 2014, together with AT Kearney, Zoé set up Future by Quality, a three-year programme to explore industrial strategy issues on health, and to foster value creation and employment for Italy. The programme was driven by a basic assumption: only by paying constant attention to quality is it possible to build a solid, competitive and sustainable future.
The programme was organised over three stages, characterised by a discussion in a closed-door debate, the drafting of a preparatory consultation document, and the subsequent preparation of a position paper full of data and practical proposals.
The programme has been continuing since 2017 in collaboration with Aspen Institute Italia. This second phase focuses on some of the most relevant issues in the field of life sciences: from sustainable innovation models to Open Innovation, from start-ups to technology parks, from research to the role of the pharmaceutical industry in Italy, and the necessity to redesign the Italian healthcare system with a view to sustainability and efficiency.
Starting from mapping Italian trends over recent decades and moving on to an in-depth analysis of the sector on a national and international level, the aim was to understand what the right development model for our country could be. The stages were again characterised by a discussion in a closed-door debate, together with, as for the Aspen “National Interests” program, the drafting of an in-depth preparatory study and the subsequent preparation of a final position paper.