RuralCare is a European innovation project in social services consisting of the design, testing and evaluation of an innovative systemic approach, for the provision of integrated long-term care, adapted to people living in rural areas depending on their values, desires and individual preferences.

The project tests a multilevel partnership for the provision of care, including public and private actors and coordination of social and health services at local, regional and national levels, with the participation of the users , with the aim to address the challenges of accessibility, affordability , quality and sustainability in unpopulated rural areas and thus make it easier for people to stay at home, with a support plan appropriate to their life project.

The project performs a segmentation of households at risk, considering not only the individual situation, but also their environment. 4 types of HR (home at risk) and 11 subtypes are defined. The classification is carried out considering the following variables: one-person household or household in which more than one person coexists, degree of dependency, characteristics of the main caregiver and presence or absence of cognitive impairment. The conditions of households are improved by proximity services, family support, health care, adaptations of the household products, support and participation in the community. The role of the case coordinator and personal assistants are strengthened. They guide their support towards the development of the Person’s Life Project. There will be developed changes in the technical instruments of interventions and new protocols of proactive care to chronic diseases as a plan of individual support.

The evaluation of the project, which is defined as a pilot project, follows an evidence-based approach for planning future policies and for proposing reforms in social policies at the state level.


This project has been approved by the European Commission under the Grant Agreement VS / 2020/0290, within the framework of the Employment and Social Innovation Program, “EaSI” 2014-2020, in the call for proposals called “Call for proposals on social innovation and national reforms (Long-Term Care)”.


The overall budget of the project for all partners is 2.772.762,97 euro‚¬, being the global grant of 2.218.210,37 euro.


The project has started on October 1st of 2020 and will last 36 months.


The Regional Administration of Social Services of Castilla y León coordinates this project whose partners are the University of Valladolid, the European Social Network, the Valladolid Provincial Council and the People Foundation. The Castilla y León Regional Health Management and IMSERSO (Institute for Elderly and Social Services)also collaborate in the project, as well as the municipalities of the pilot area (Tierra de Campos region) and the Castilla y León Federation of Retirees and Pensioners Network.