Maintain Health through Home-Care Nursing

"The Nippon Foundation Home-Care Nursing Entrepreneurship Training Program" was implemented from FY2014 to FY2021 and was one of our flagship programs. Funded by The Nippon Foundation, it was an 8-month training program for nurses with about 10 years’ experience, designed to give them the management know-how and skills to work with the local community to start up their own home-care nursing business.

The project also provided financial support for nurses who completed the training to open a home-care nursing center in their community. “The Nippon Foundation Home-Care Nursing Centers Network,” which is made up of these nurses, has grown to about 100 centers in 47 prefectures nationwide.

Sasakawa Health Foundation aims to make this network the focal point of each community, where nurses can look after and maintain people’s health.

What are “The Nippon Foundation Home-Care Nursing Centers”?

These are home-care nursing centers operated and managed by nurses who have completed Sasakawa Health Foundation’s 8-month entrepreneurship training program. The centers provide holistic care using appropriate physical assessment to manage the health pf people in the community and serve as a hub for comprehensive community care. The nationwide network of these centers has helped member nurses to share their experiences, exchange views and disseminate necessary information.

The centers in our network collaborate with local medical facilities, clinics, practitioners, and other long-term care and nursing care facilities within and outside of the communities. The centers aim to look after residents living alone as well as patients discharged from hospital whose condition is likely to be unstable. Our centers are rooted in the community and flexible to the needs of the residents.

What is the difference between a home-visit nursing station and a home-care nursing center?

While “home visit” is a nurse-centered term, “home-care” is people-centered. Care for people living in the community is holistic and based on appropriate physical assessment by nurses. The term “center” rather than “station” is used to emphasize the central role nurses can play in providing comprehensive community care.