The Austrian agricultural and forestry sector, as well as the Austrian health care system, will be facing major disruptions in the future and will undergo significant structural changes. This development has been demographically triggered by an aging society and the ongoing trend of rural depopulation. The aim of this study was therefore to analyze the green care model in the healthcare sector and provide recommendations for using the version of green care day care for the elderly in the Netherlands as a basis for implementation in Austria. It will be proved if the Dutch model can be transferred to Austrian specifics. Due to the fact, that green care is already well established in the Netherlands Dutch green care farms were chosen as a benchmark. The study is based on a comprehensive literature review and empirical studies in Austria and the Netherlands.
Keywords: Green care, social farming, qualitative survey