Title RING - TransferRING Supports for Caregivers
Project Number 2009-1-IT1-LEO05-00262
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text RING has enhanced both elderly people with dementia and caregivers which take care of them. KIT RING has blended with three different products from European partnership after a process of European validation; it has been tested within training and support path on 880 people (formal and informal caregivers, professionals,trainers,students.
Ring started from results obtained in 2 previous projects coordinated by Turin (E1 measure-POR-ESF "VELA Project-Enhance the work experience of family carers";LdV-Mobility-Vetpro"LAPIS:formative tracks for the promotion of Healthy Ageing". Then in the needs and feasibility analysis shared by a wide national and European partnership has been confirmed the need to improve and implement the training of formal and informal caregivers of elderly people affected by dementia (who are growing up rapidly).
The project has aimed to improve the quality of life of the caregivers, to strengthen also their position in the labour market and contribute to social cohesion with a relapse on assisted people, family and on social and health services.
The consortium has been composed by a multi-disciplinary national and European partnership, made of professors, psychologists, geriatricians, neurologists, trainers, health operators, volunteers, engaged on this theme, from three Italian regions (Lombardia, Piemonte, Lazio,two European countries (Spain, Romania) and an applicant one (Turkey).
The direct involvement of stakeholders and Committee of the beneficiaries, during the project, has facilitated the assessment of impact and sustainability over the time of training, and the promotion and creation of some self-help groups among caregivers.
It has been blended and transferred the "Kit Ring" to increase the skills level of the group at risk; the Kit is formed by:
- "GAM_Psychoeducational programme focused on the emotional well-being of the Alzheimer's caregivers" based on an innovative methodology of psycho-educational intervention, useful to enhance and improve relational skills and behaviour of people in initial or permanent training (Ingema Foundation-ES)
- "Guidelines for caregivers" a booklet, an informative guide for caregivers about the different forms of dementia, the course of the illness, practical indications regarding care and support at the end of the patient's life (Sospiro Foundation-IT)
- DVD RING with clips from movies, fragments used as teaching support in training for caregivers (Maderna Centre-IT).
-Final report of the testing, dissemination and implementation of the innovative product, Kit Ring;-improved skills and quality of training of formal and informal caregivers by provision of training and methodological aid (Kit Ring);-expansion and diversification of the final beneficiaries of the product(disabled people)
The Project has been aimed to support the group at risk constituted by caregivers,overall immigrants people employed and unemployed, in the activity of permanent learning by facilitated access to functional training, improving their care and support activities devoted to elderly people affected with dementia.
These actions have been able to cut down the mental, physical and social health risks of the caregivers.
The formal and the informal caregivers have required a greater qualification of their activity and, particularly, a support to face relational and communicative troubles, with dementia people.
“Ring” has given them an innovative structured educational product that provides competences on the theme of aid and supportive relationship. The educational products building has been based on learning from experiences and competences.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Kit Ring is composed by three prototypes, coming from different geographical areas, and validated at European level:
- GAM, a psychoeducational programme formed by 6 modules and aimed to support caregivers in care and supportive relationship. It provides techniques for ameliorating the emotional well –being of the Alzheimer’s caregivers, through relational strategies and models of cognitive restructuring.
- caregivers booklet “Guidelines for caregivers. Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive diseases" addressed to those who assist persons affected by dementia (also patients with terminal illness in Rest home)
-DVD Ring, realized with clips from many films,used in training field for caregivers to produce emotional involvement aimed to introduce issues and facilitate the discussion.