Title ICT – Innovative Caregivers’ TrainingRethinking competences for a sustainable and effective homecare system
Project Number 2013-1-CH1-LEO05-00882
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
ICT INNOVATIVE CAREGIVERS TRAINING
The achieved aim of the project was to create an innovative model for caregivers. The ICT training Model “Innovative caregivers’ training” is a complete set of tools and methods aiming at sustaining organizations and training providers in their efforts to set up competence building processes. At the same time it offered and still offers to end users (health care professionals active in the home care field), a flexible workplace learning approach which integrates (besides technical skills in the ICT domain) also the know-how to use relational and communication skills in an adequate manner. Detailed procedures for competence building activities were defined and formalized, to promote caregiver qualification paths based on existing professional regulations in all participating countries.
In Europe seniors and particularly elderly people (> 60/80 years old), are a growing component of the population. Health and psychological fragilities are strongly linked to age progression and do often appear in a context of comorbidity. The need of personal support and health care for older persons is therefore growing constantly, especially in the home care sector (Nolte and McKee, 2008; Bayliss et al. 2008). There exists thus a strong need to offer tailored caregiver training programmes for the home care sector. It is well known, that the quality of life of seniors and elderly people could be improved significantly by promoting homecare integrated assistance including telehealth options, allowing health care professionals to monitor and consult patients remotely (CAST,2012; Garson et al. 2012; EU-EHAP, 2012). As a consequence hospitals and primary care services could be discharged. In this context the promotion of innovative and collaborative care models, which do integrate affordable technologies to coordinate care, will be crucial. It will become most important to assess and adapt attitudes as well as skills of caregivers assisting elderly people at home on a continuous basis. They are in a key position to act as mentors of elderly people and may help them (when knowing to use adequate relational and communication skills) to overcome potential barriers to the use of new technologies.
The ICT training Model “Innovative caregivers’ training” for further education used interrelated procedures for competence building through transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes, which may be achieved thanks to experiential learning (informal and non-formal contexts). Several complementary units concentrating on workplace learning and assessment will promote caregiver qualification paths based on existing local professional regulations in all participating countries. By promoting the use of new technologies and the interaction with local care networks, both caregivers and elderly people living at home may be facilitated considerably in their usual daily activities.
Description The ICT training Model “Innovative caregivers’ training” is a complete set of tools and methods aiming at sustaining organisations and training providers in their efforts to set up competence building processes. At the same time it offered to end users (health care professionals active in the home care field) a flexible workplace learning approach, which integrates (besides technical skills in the ICT domain) also the know-how to use relational and communication skills in an adequate manner. Detailed procedures for competence building activities will be defined and formalized, to promote caregiver qualification paths based on existing professional regulations in all participating countries.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
material for open learning
The following activities were successfully achieved:
• launch of a platform and project website based on the approach and the structure used for the SUFUCA (2010) project website;
• organization of four thematic Info-days to present the project results, also in a dimension of exploitation, to a target audience (VET providers, social enterprises, social partners of home care assistance/caregiving and public institutions competent in VET at national, regional and/or local level as well as representatives of the local media): each hosting partners will organise one event in his country, inviting at least 20 participants;
• publishing a project brochure in the language of every participating country (approximately 500 copies per country and language). The brochure will include information on project deliverables for a broad public (e.g. for people attending the national/regional/local thematic info-days) dissemination of results by means of article publications in professional and scientific journals;
• definition of a detailed Exploitation plan;
• dissemination of results by means of article publications in professional and scientific journals and of a scientific publication.