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Providing high-quality health care, rehabilitation, assisted living and independent living services to people with disabilities of any age, especially those with the most severe disabilities, according to the person-centred approach envisaged by the founder don Carlo Gnocchi.



We aim at developing and deploying our services on the basis of a "continuity of care" paradigm within the national health and social care framework, while staying loyal to the inspiration of the founder and the charity principles of the Christian faith. We pursue this vision along three dimensions:


- the solidarity dimension, by looking at the individual person's needs as the top priority in the daily work of our personnel;


-the scientific-technical dimension, by pursuing excellence and maximising the effectiveness and the outcome of our interventions, also thanks to significant investment in scientific research and technical innovation;


- the management/organizational dimension, by investing in the personnel's continuous education and aiming at efficient and well-coordinated work processes, and seeking solid economic sustainability schemes that are consistent with the non-for-profit nature of the Foundation.


Target group

Children and young people, with developmental disorders or disabilities related to congenital or acquired diseases; adults of any age, with disabilities resulting from injuries or from orthopaedic, neurological, cardio-respiratory and oncological diseases; persons in need of high-intensity care and rehabilitation support such as non-self sufficient elderly person, persons with dementia, persons with severe acquired brain damages (minimally consciousness conditions), terminal patients; persons with intellectual disabilities who need habilitation interventions and support for participation in school, at work and in society.





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Description of services



Innovation Priorities


Innovation priorities are currently focused on eight main challenges:


1. the complexity challenge (managing patients with increasingly complex care and rehabilitation needs);


2. the continuity-of-care challenge (managing the whole care and rehabilitation process from acute phase to home);


3. the effectiveness challenge (maximising the effectiveness of the intervention, also taking advantage of leading-edge technology, and monitoring outcomes within a ICF perspective);


4. the inclusion challenge (ensuring that the intervention supports full participation in daily life, in school, at work at in society);


5. the assistive technology challenge (embedding assistive technology within the rehabilitation process and helping the National Health Service develop up-to-date service delivery systems);


6. the independent living challenge (finding out appropriate solution for those who can't rely any more on their families);


7. the educational challenge (ensuring that all professionals involved own the needed knowledge and skills);


8. the sustainability challenge (developing a financially sustainable framework for the Foundation's activities).



Exportable expertise


In the medical rehabilitation area, we have achieved excellence especially in the management of severe brain injuries, spasticity, dystonia, multiple sclerosis, ALS and Parkinson’s disorders; in the rehabilitation of people who had heart transplants; in respiratory complicances of all neuromuscular diseases. Two of our rehabilitation Centres are accredited by the Ministry of Health as Research Hospitals, where clinical trials and research projects are carried out to improve knowledge and develop new diagnosis and treatment protocols to be implemented in clinical practice. For instance, for severe brain injuries and stroke we have developed innovative protocols based on neuro-imaging and techniques based on motor relearning; for severe spasticity, we have extended experience with botulinum toxin and the use of gait analysis to help design appropriate clinical paths; we have also experience with functional surgery for patients who can benefit from this treatment; experimental trials are in progress with rehabilitation robotic equipment and tele-rehabilitation settings (at-distance treatment, when the patient is at home).


Methodologies and tools have been developed for assistive technology assessment and prescription; the Foundation operates the National Assistive Technology Database (SIVA Portal) and leads the European Assistive Technology Information System (EASTIN).


In the social care area, we are experiencing innovative ways to support people in need of care who cannot rely any longer on their families, through residential, assisted living and independent living facilities.






Donc Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
Piazzale Rodolfo Morandi 6

20121 Milan



EPR Coordinator





Renzo Andrich

Tel +39 02 40308292

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