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Innovation for Long-Term Care: What We Can Learn from the Swiss, March 26, 2024 Transformation Tuesday

Vincenzo Paolino (*1965 in Munich) is a certified specialist in geriatric care equipped with entrepreneurial spirit. He has a background in care management as well as business economy. Extended leadership experience and continued education enable him to lead companies in the field of long term care with sustained success.

After studying psychology from 1986 to 1988 in Munich he chose to complete an apprenticeship in psychiatric nursing in Switzerland and graduated in 1991. His thesis was on “New approaches in Long Term Care for elders”. Working as nursing director in a hospice for Aids-patients in the 1990’s gave him the opportunity to develop management skills as well as helping to spread palliative care-ideas. This was followed by 13 years as nursing director in a state-owned nursing home near Zurich where he and his staff successfully implemented elements of the Eden-Alternative to boost culture-change.

In 2008 he co-founded the consulting firm “Spectren – excellece in long term care” and in 2012 “Almacasa – empowering and caring.”

Almacasa offers a value based, small-scale approach to the needs of elders end their care partners following and developing aspects of the Eden-Alternative and other inspirations in order to create a value based approach with a “Swiss-Finish”. Five sites are completed and two more will follow in 2024 and 2026.

The use of social media such as Facebook (2’600 followers) and the Almacasa-Academy offering blended learning (online, on site and on the job) are two other important characteristics of the Almacasa-brand.

Vincenzo Paolino has been the founder and president of the Zurich based association “queerAltern” (2014-2020). This group with more than 500 members takes responsibility to develop an offer for housing and services for older LGBTIQ-persons & friends.

Vincenzo Paolino has been a member of the Global Ageing Network-Board of Directors

from 2016 to 2023. (


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