Institute for Care and Ageing

The Institute for Care and Ageing ("Insitut für Pflege und Alter"=IPA) is one of the main actors in the implementation of the innovation concept of the Evangelische Heimstiftung. Its focus is on research activities related to relevant problems from nursing practice. IPA examines existing supply structures, concepts and technologies, evaluates them and derives new goals from the results.

Our research is application-oriented. This means that we actively involve our care professionals, residents and external network partners in order to generate knowledge and initiate new developments. Moreover, IPA participates in state and nationwide externally funded projects and studies that are in line with the EHS goals. We want to promote the scientific exchange of ideas through lectures, publications and networking both within the EHS and within the entire care sector.


Ongoing research projects

Digital educational processes for older residents in assisted living arrangements and care facilities.

Short description: Using participatory methods and a peer-to-peer concept, the project aims to provide digital access (e.g. tablets and Internet) for older residents in assisted living arrangements and care facilities. In addition, educational and participation opportunities in the social space are developed. The research results will be a transfer concept capable of being scaled nationwide to other living arrangements for older people.

Duration: 09/2020-08/2025

Project partners:

  • Katholische Hochschule Freiburg
  • Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung der Universität Ulm
  • Stiftung MedienKompetenz Forum Südwest (MKFS), Ludwigshafen/Mainz

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Research focus „Digitalisation in education“ within the des BMBF-Programme Empirical Educational Research

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Digital competence for medical service providers, especially doctors and care professionals in Baden-Württemberg.

Short description: 

The DiKoMed-BW project aims to integrate needs-based qualification offers into the education and training of doctors and care workers that strengthen their digital skills. In this context, we are developing concepts at the EHS that enable caregivers and daytime companions to pass on digital competences to their colleagues, especially regarding the use of new technologies (tablets, TAVLA, mobile care documentation).

Duration: 06/2021-12/2022


Project partners:  

  • Koordinierungsstelle Telemedizin Baden-Württemberg (Konsortialführer)
  • LebensPhasenHaus, EKUT Tübingen
  • Steinbeis Transferzentrum Soziale und Technische Innovation
  • Landeskompetenzzentrum für Pflege & Digitalisierung Baden-Württemberg
  • Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg
  • Abteilung Pflegewissenschaften Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
  • Institut für Pflegewissenschaften, Med. Fakultät, Universität Freiburg
  • Klinik für Palliativmedizin am Universitätsklinikum, Universität Freiburg
  • Mannheimer Interprofessionelle Ausbildungsstation (MIA)
  • Fachhochschule mit Schwerpunkt Pflegeberufe - FH Weingarten/Ravensburg
  • BruderhausDiakonie-Stiftung Gustav Werner und Haus am Berg (BruderH), Reutlingen

Funding: European Social Fund (ESF) for Baden-Württemberg, Programme E 1.1.3 REACT-EU Digitale Befähigung in Medizin und Akutpflege

Evaluation of innovative post-inpatient short-term care.

Short description: The aim of the evaluation is to examine the effectiveness on the state of health and rehabilitation potential of short-term care guests. Within the framework of a model project, various measures are implemented in solitary short-term care facilities. The effects are monitored and scientifically evaluated.

Duration: 06/2022-06/2024

Project partners:

  • Bad Sebastiansweiler GmbH
  • IGES Institut GmbH, Berlin

Funding: Innovationsprogramm Pflege 2022, Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Integration


Completed research projects (selection)

A mixed reality simulator for care workers with force-feedback via exoskeleton: sub-project “Virtual reality training method”.

Short description: The project was designed to support informal and professional carers in their caring activities and in maintaining their health. The main focus was on developing a system that simulates different living environments via multi-user mixed reality (MR). On the one hand, this should make renovation measures in private homes more efficient and, on the other hand, improve the training of caregivers via MR technology.

Duration: 12/2018-11/2021

Project partners:

• Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO), Stuttgart (Verbundkoordinator)
• Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
• Lightshape GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart
• General Interfaces GmbH, Garching bei München
• Universität Stuttgart

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Intelligent emergency chain in the neighbourhood provides a backup structure for people with dementia.

Short description: The aim of the project was to strengthen and improve the quality of life, social participation, autonomy and self-determination of people with cognitive problems or dementia. The targeted use of technology and the activation of individual, social support structures were intended to enable the target-group to remain in their own homes and neighbourhoods. As part of the project, the partners developed a helper network app that, in case of emergency, sets in motion an "intelligent emergency chain" involving relatives, volunteers and professionals.

Duration: 2015-2018

Project partners:

• Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
• FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
• Martin Elektrotechnik GmbH
• Sigma GmbH, ein Unternehmen der develop group

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Internal research project.

Short description: The aim of the project was to maintain and encourage the mobility of our residents. In a questionnaire, the residents were asked to provide information about the existing physical activity programme and leisure time activities, as well as their needs and wishes. The consideration of the biography, current interests and the determination of the individual risk of falling proved to be decisive factors for the implementation of activation measures during the project. Technical solutions such as the video game "memore" also showed beneficial effects with regard to activation.

Duration: 04/2021 – 08/2021



Dr. Judith Schoch
Head of Unit Institute for Care and Ageing

Tel. +49 711 63676-187