The development of quality homecare services is a key action to ensure the sustainability of Europe’s social systems in a context of demographic ageing. Skilled homecare professionals can support older persons with care needs to have dignified lives and can be of great help for informal carers.
However, home health and social care professionals often lack the skills that older persons and their informal carers demand. These skills gaps include, for instance, the capacity to communicate effectively with care recipients and take on board their real needs and preferences.
The European Union is funding, through the Erasmus+ programme, a project called CARESS with the aim to fill those skills gaps. Eurocarers is a member of the Advisory Board of this project. CARESS has mapped the profiles (professions, trainings) of the professionals that deliver homecare across European Union countries. The project has also identified the gaps between skills demanded and skills offered. On the basis of these elements, the project is building an online platform that will allow users to design trainings to fill the skills gaps.
Three pilots in Italy, Spain and Finland will be testing shortly the training units that will be offered by the platform.
This is the first time information about homecare professionals in all EU countries is made available in a single platform. The possibility to easily design trainings might prove very useful to improve the quality of the care delivered and the wellbeing of older persons who require it.
You can access more information in the project website, www.project-caress.eu. You can also contact Borja Arrue from AGE Platform Europe, partner of the project, firstname.lastname@example.org