develop implement and evaluate EU SOCIAL AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
WHO WE ARE

Improve quality of care of aging people throughout Europe

ECHO was founded in 1989 in Brussels as a Confederation of private care and nursing home national associations in Europe. It is a non-profit organization pursuing social, scientific, informative, and training objectives in the long-term care sector and services for older people

Activities

In Numbers

768

Care Homes Represented

24000

Workers in the industry

33500

Bed places

13

Representative activities

News

E.C.H.O. primarily pursues the following objectives:

  • Ensuring fair and equitable terms among care providers in the long-term care sector,
  • maintaining high-quality standards across Europe while simultaneously reducing bureaucracy,
  • recognizing the elderly care sector as a productive economic factor.

ECHO’s members provide residential care for independent and dependent elderly individuals in care and nursing homes, day centers, service flats, dementia and rehabilitation centers, domiciliary care, and telemedicine.

ECHO is composed of national federations from European Union countries. Currently, its members are responsible for the well-being of more than 1.5 million elderly individuals and employ 1.1 million staff members.