Title Skills Training and Re-skilling for Carers of People with Dementia
Project Number 510364-LLP-1-SE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The STAR project has created an educational platform with associated methodology and content for improving the skills of carers for People with Dementia.
The content was based on leading dementia expertise and is distributed via an easy-to-use online portal. In particular, new technology-based interventions for monitoring and supporting are covered by the educational modules.
This enables skilling and re-skilling for appropriate professional care for persons with mild dementia, even when still living in their homes and with their family.
The project focused on creating a methodology and content for improving the skills of the emerging job figure of Carers for People with Dementia, by creating a technology multi-platform with educational data regarding dementia and on how to best care for elderly. It is a known phenomenon that more aged people are slowly being diagnosed with this condition, and since the families might not want to send their loved ones away in a specialised home, they are engaging carers that either live-in completely, or else they get regular professional visits that are supplemented also by putting technology solutions in the person's home to monitor and help them when they are alone. In both cases, such a job needs proper preparation, skilling and also re-skilling since new advancements might make present knowledge obsolete.
The platform (available in EN, IT, ES, RO, SW, NL) provides opportunities for collaboration, discussion and sharing experiences between users (carers for people with dementia) from all over the EU. The main focus is to provide:
* Content that is easy to find and easy to understand in a variety of languages
* Accessibility to high-level specialised knowledge base posted by professionals
* Online community of carers and other stakeholders
The STAR consortium has a mix of medical and technical experts that created a methodology, content and then tested this out with a pilot. Volunteer carers or people that want to equip themselves with skills to be able to work in this challenging new employment area, utilised the system for a period of 3 months each and then recorded their own experiences. The consortium then validated the results obtained, and finalised the adaptation of the materials in preparation for a public EU-wide launch of the platform at the Alzheimer Europe 2013 conference.
The aims of the project were focused on creating a methodology and then contents for an elearning knowledge base solution for carers of people afflicted with dementia. It helps these carers to not only up-skill their vocational training by delivering courses and teaching videos on the care of their patients, but also it keeps them in contact with each other thanks to a Facebook group community.
In particular the project has:
* Analysed the current situation with regards to existing educational materials for carers of people with dementia
* Created a methodology whereby the content already existing and that which was to be created was made more accessible by focusing on short simple modules available in a variety of languages (RO, EN, SE, IT, NL, ES)
* Create materials in a multimedia style for ingestion over digital television, mobile phones and internet, including not only medical information but also details about how in-hosue technological solutions can also alleviate the burden of carers.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Information and Communication
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
The main product from STAR is the platform with educational content, available at http://courses.startraining.eu, it consists of a number of learning modules and a skills test.
The full course documentation, case videos and interactive exercises are available.