Title Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregivers For People with Disabilities and Older People
Project Number 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). However, few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. M-CARE aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime (via mobile learning), for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.).
Age and disability are strongly correlated: An estimated 45 million people in Europe (15% of the EU population) have a long-standing health problem or disability (LSHPD). 70% of them will be over 60 by 2020. Elderly and people with disabilities (PwD) and especially those with mobility & sensory impairment depend considerably on Personal Caregivers (PCGs). Personal assistance is in fact key for the self-determination of PwDs. Estimates put the total size of people in need of a PCG at 1% of all people with disabilities, so a real need of 450.000 European citizens. PCGs need to have a variety of skills (nursing and first aid qualifications, personal care, etc.). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem. Few people are qualified to become a PCG, and in fact such education/training is basically non existent in EU countries, and on VET level. Most PCGs are low qualified, and mostly have to be trained on the field without any formal training, thus making it a very laborious and a tricky "adventure" for the core beneficiaries: people with disabilities and older people.
M-CARE aims to ensure that local VET centres can offer an adequate PCG training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, care workers, etc.), using innovative ICT based approaches i.e. mobile and web2.0 enabled online learning environments that embed video, animations, audio, but also textual training format, while including hands-on practicing.
The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable, since the trained people at the pilot sites would also be employed as personal assistants at the end of the training.
European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem. Few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. Most PCGs are low skilled, have to be trained on the field, thus making it a very laborious and at the same time a tricky "adventure" for people with disabilities, but equally for e.g. older people who make use of them. Raising competence levels of these low-skilled people to be benefit of care recipients is at the core of M-CARE. It aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.). Blended training approaches such as simulation both via video and animations, audio, textual training format, including hands-on practicing will be supported by the project.
A short analysis of the situation regarding PCG training in the partner countries resulted in following assessment:
- BE: No appropriate PCG education exists, and the existing ones display generally a lack of the appropriate skills.
- TR: VET (theoretical) training for PCG who have severe illnesses, older people and people with disabilities exists; but is of low quality.
- GR: No PCG education is provided, generally the active PCGs display a lack of skills, and on the job training is the only method applied.
- DE: Personal assistance in Germany is frequently neither satisfying the needs nor holistic. The quality of personal assistance is currently oriented on the basis of the needs of service organizations or homes, and not on the basis of the PwD.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
material for open learning
open and distance learning
description of new occupation profiles
M-CARE will generate:
- a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities, applicable in every country in the EU and beyond, provided under a creative commons license (so "free");
- innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet PC) with multilingual interfaces, developed as Open Source applications ("free"), provided freely to VET centres; supported by a learning methodology;
- piloting with end-users (mainly low skilled people) and beneficiaries (people with disabilities and older people) in BE, DE, GR and TR;
- provision of online portal with dedicated communities, providing access to PCGs learning modules for VET centres.