The local government promotes ageing in place, and to create a community where residents want to keep on living regardless of how old they may become. In recognition of the fact that many elders living alone lose all social contacts, older persons (70 years and over, living alone or with an elderly spouse) may ask the local government to arrange for regular visits by community volunteers. A volunteer will come for a face-to-face discussion on the desired frequency of visits and emergency contacts at the beginning of the service.
The project aimed to establish a database of eldelry single households in Gyeonggi province as of March 2013. Along with creating the database, the provincial government conduted home-visits 2-3 times a week to provide help with house chores (e.g., shopping) and other admin work for single older persons. In addition, it had "red bike project" which mandated postal workers to monitor and check single elderly households, and "Carnation House" where elders living alone could come and cook or sleep together with other solitary elders.
The "House Project" - NGO based in St. Petersburg - developed a project in 2009 to use ICT to prevent isolation of older persons, based on a belief that the use of information and communication technologies can have a significant impact on solving the problems of loneliness and isolation of the elderly. Nine organizations from 4 countries of the Baltic Sea Region will also collaborate with the Russian NGO to exchange exeprience of each country and analyze the best practices to develop joint initiatives to promote quailty of life for senior citizens by digital inclusion.