About Global Connections

IAHSA’s mission is to connect and support ageing service providers across the world to enhance the quality of care for the elderly. In order to build on current relationships and foster the further development of connections among our members, IAHSA offers three distinct programmes– the International Staff Exchange, the Country Support Network, and our International On-site Learning Programme.

All programmes are available and accessible to all IAHSA members. Not a member? Join here.

Global Connection Programmes

International Staff Exchange

The IAHSA Staff Exchange Network provides an avenue to foster exchange of staff between facilities in different countries. Benefits to participants include:

  • Increased understanding of international initiatives and cultural challenges in providing care for the elderly;
  • Enhanced staff development and learning;
  • Increased esteem of workforce through participation; and
  • Increased retention of quality leadership staff.

IAHSA’s role is to facilitate connections between interested parties; participating communities are responsible for making arrangements for the staff exchange.

Country Support Network

IAHSA’s Country Support Network provides an avenue through which IAHSA members can build supporting relationships with others in need of resources for use in carrying out their mission of care for the elderly.

The Country Support Network concept was conceived during IAHSA’s 8th International Conference in London in July 2009 when providers from Australia met Marigold Mncube, Matron of the Emseni Old Age Home in South Africa and spontaneously formed a ‘fund raising’ event to support Emseni.

IAHSA’s role is to facilitate connections between interested parties, on a country-to-country level.

International On-site Learning Programme

►IAHSA Onsite Learning Opportunities across the United States

As an international association, IAHSA helps members connect across the globe via both simple introductions and more formal learning experiences. To encourage peer-to-peer sharing, IAHSA facilitates two distinct onsite learning opportunities: educational site visits across the United States for international and U.S.-based professionals and IAHSA/LeadingAge study tours. Both allow participants to learn about aging services organizations by seeing and experiencing the unique features and programming they offer. Based on feedback, IAHSA has learned that the onsite educational experience is equally beneficial to attendees and hosts. Past hosts say the experience allowed their teams to celebrate their successes and enjoy a sense of team cohesion, among other benefits.

Members and non-members can inquire about the following:

►Educational Assistance for Site Visits for Members and Non-members

Educational site visits can be coordinated by IAHSA for members and non-members anytime throughout the calendar year (based on host availability). Drawing on IAHSA’s knowledge of providers across the United States, IAHSA connects interested members with potential host organizations. Educational site visits can include one or multiple sites, and can occur in a range of geographic locations and topic areas. If you are interested in visiting an IAHSA member in the United States or globally, please contact IAHSA at info@iahsa.net for more details.