The Project

Due to societal processes, such as demographic change or advancements in medicine, the number of people requiring medical care increases steadily. Most people in need of care are not cared for in hospitals and clinics, but in their very home. Despite the majority of them being cared for primarily by family and friends, ambulant care services are crucial actors in upholding and shaping these home care arrangements. However thereby, home care infrastructures are predominantly focused on smooth day-to-day scenarios. Grave disruptions of everyday life (i.e. power cuts, floods, pandemics) constitute extraordinary challenges to these infrastructures’ workings. Providing in times of such crises nowadays falls under disaster management services’ command due to its organisational structures. Said institutions, however, are insufficiently equipped for the task of providing and caring for such a large number of people in need of (home) care. Structured and planned cooperation between both systems, disaster management services and care infrastructure, is lacking as of yet. Therefore, in times of crisis, a supply gap may arise.

To improve this situation for people in need of home care in times of crisis and catastrophes, AUPIK intersects at this crossroad. The overarching aim of AUPIK is thereby to strengthen home care infrastructures’ and disaster management infrastructures’ resilience. For this purpose, it is key to find ways to improve the interconnection of both infrastructures. Hereby, home care arrangements are intended to be upheld as long as possible, for people to remain in their familiar environment even in times of crisis. In case this arrangement becomes impossible to uphold, organisational alternatives for the temporary centralisation of home care infrastructures are to be developed. Besides a general focus on security of supply for people in need of care, this research project further engages with the security of supply of people in particularly extensive need of care, i.e. also those in need of intensive medical-technological support (for instance, due to artificial respiration). Within AUPIK, concrete political recommendations for actions, concepts of support, as well as information and education materials for disaster management services and care infrastructure services will be developed.


Project Partners

University of Tübingen, International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

IZEW is an interdisciplinary research centre, which engages with ethical questions that arise in academic research. A specific focus lies hereby on the cooperation between researchers across disciplinary boundaries, the transfer of results of ethical research into the education sector, as well as the coordination of research networks. IZEW’s unique characteristic within the German research landscape is its perspective on security ethics, which pervades across many research projects within the IZEW. IZEW functions as project coordinator in AUPIK.

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Health and Nursing Science

The Institute of Health and Nursing Science at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is working towards the development and a greater acceptance of the two disciplines health sciences and nursing science by focusing on both research and teaching, including the education of the next generation of researchers. In the area of research, the IGPW focuses on selected problems caused by demographic, societal, epidemiological and technological changes in the fields of health care, patient care, health education and health professions education. Of special importance is the study of the evolving roles, tasks and responsibilities, as well as the necessary education of nurses, midwives and therapists in addressing identified responsibilities?

German Red Cross (GRC)

In view of new threats and social change, the German Red Cross (GRC) is pursuing the intensification of its research activities. In its 2020 strategy, the German Red Cross formulated a commitment to “include all available resources for civil protection, emergency services, tracing services and healthcare and welfare facilities to deal with domestic disasters” (German Red Cross 2012: 23). In order to achieve this goal, existing structures and processes for disaster prevention and management of the GRC are to be analyzed and further developed. The research projects carried out by the GRC National Headquarters are an important component in the implementation of this strategy.

Vincentz Network

Vincentz Network is a specialist publisher of magazines, textbooks and educational tools in the field of elderly care. Finding digital solutions for transferring knowledge are another important aspect of Vincentz Network’s offerings. Fairs, congresses and seminars provide a network for decision makers and professionals as well as political players, market experts and industry. The vast portfolio enables Vincentz Netzwork to implement and didactically rework state of the art scientific discoveries into digital tools, which can in turn be made available to users in elderly care at on-site events or online.


Associated Partners


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