Bispebjerg-Nørrebro (BIN) Project
The research setting of the case study is the elderly care sector in the municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark. The municipality has been undergoing a paradigm shift towards an increased focus on what a good life contains to elderly citizens (Københavns Kommune 2015b). This is discursively constructed in the elderly care policy as a move from “passive to active” implying an increased focus on self-determination and participation of citizens (Københavns Kommune 2015a). An experiment with improving elderly care services were organized by the municipality over a three-year period in 2015-2017. The project was called “Quality of life for elderly people in non-profit housing areas” targeting loneliness amongst elderly people living in their own homes. The point of departure was three residential areas for elderly, but the focus in this case study is on one specific area, the sub-project Bispebjerg-Nørrebro (BIN). The project is an illustration of the interplay between “prolonged” activities (taken place in the residential area) and activities maintained by the same employees in the local Activity Centre (Activity Centre Bispebjerg). The main aim of the project is: to enhance life quality and lessen loneliness among residents by creation of residence-near activities, which promote the creation of network and friendships, that the residents themselves want to engage in and manage after project completion (Project description, 2015). The project activities ended in the beginning of 2018, but the findings of the project continues as spin offs at different levels in the municipality e.g. as a loneliness foundation and a new initiative at the Activity Centre focusing on how the elderly to a larger degree can use the city of Copenhagen.