Elderly people who are suddenly admitted to an assisted living facility or nursing home often lose their old social contacts. This leads to less participation in society and loneliness. Within long-term care several initiatives are being developed to offer older people a purposeful way of spending their days. This usually remains confined to the facility and older people living outside the facility aren’t invited, meaning old networks fade. The current and proposed research focuses on taking stock of and evaluating innovative projects for the frail elderly, specifically focusing on keeping existing social contact and networks intact and strengthening them. A specific focus will also be on elderly people with a non-western background, and on what this group thinks is important for maintaining their quality of life.