Title SILVER LIVING - Programme for life-long learning
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147404
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Barrier-free building and living - this is not only a topical issue for senior citizens. We all have to react now to adjust our environment to the changing requirements of old age. For this purpose, the Chamber of crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main and the Caritas Frankfurt/Main initiated a cooperation and developed training modules, which combined core competencies of both institutions. Training in the field of barrier-free building and living which already took place with success in Germany was transferred and established in the partner countries as well.
Summary Demographic change is particularly visible within the borders of the EU founding countries. Thus, the living conditions have to be adapted to this changing requirement of an ageing society. Taking into account the demographic trend, residential homes for the elderly are often overcrowded and there is a shortage of professional caregivers in this area. We have to find ways to provide a life in dignity to elderly people in an age-adapted living environment at home for as long as possible. For this purpose, the Chamber of crafts and the Caritas developed a training that combined core competencies of both institutions and included topics such as care-giving to the elderly as well as constructing barrier free living spaces. The training addressed occupational groups like craftsman and caregivers. The projet’s aim was the successful and sustainable importation and dissemination of trainings concerning accessibility and barrier free living Partners in Italy, Romania, France and Austria. Besides improving the quality of life of the target group, the project also aimed at promoting work, as the target group (craftsmen, social workers) got to know new products and methods for the “silver clients”. The project also aimed at raising awareness in the political and public sphere for the topic "accessibility".
As a first step, each partner country's framework concerning conditions of accessibility in the field of law, social system and infrastrucure were analysed. The findings were summarised in a report that can be downloaded from the website (available in German). During two trainings, the partners received a theoretical, practical and methodical introduction into the topic of accessibility. The partners then adapted the training to their local context and translated these. In the following, each partner conducted at least two trainings per country for the target group craftsmen and caretakers. Participants of these trainings were assessed in an exam and received a certificate. Through the training, the participants were able to advise about individual solutions for elderly people in their home. Often, they now can convey to the target group that already small changes and accessories can improve the quality of life in one's home. The project’s sustainability was ensured through the following measures / coperations: Repeated trainings ensured that the partners could build up the institutional capacity in order to carry out the trainings themselves. Furthermore, sustainability was ensured because the contents of the training is going to be used by external partners, as follows:
France: APSP, Biarritz (Kontakt: Geoffrey Debeauw); Cluster Eskal Eureka, Biarritz (Kontakt: Nadège Dal Zotto); Chamber of CracftsBordeaux Kontakt: Monsieur Agullo), APAFED (Kontakt: Odile Graverau), Bordeaux; Cartaker school Libourne; Regional administration of Gironde (department for homekeeping the elderly).
Austria: School for health of the Region Steiermark in Graz Hospital = Schule für allgemeine Gesundheits- und Krankenpflege des Landes Steiermark am Universitätsklinikum Graz, School at Ortwein square for carpenters, Styrian Pensioner’s associations from Styria = Projekt „future guides“ from Laßnitzhöhe, the company CEDOS – ready for accessibility
Italy: Several architecture schools, crafts organisations and social institutions
Romania: Caritas Timisoara, Sancta Maria Help, Foundation "Stiftung Pentru Voi", the covational colleges "Collegium Thenic Timisoara" und "Colegium Ion Mincu Timisoara".
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Product information The products which were developed during the project: questionnaire concerning construction, social and care-giving topics, comparative study, training materials (building-trade standards, target group marketing, barrier-free products/services, local infrastructure/network, advisory skills for the particular target group, etc.).