With an ageing population, the number of people in need for long-term care is increasing. As constant caring for someone is challenging, different services are developed to assist carers in their activities. In this context, the JRC partnered with EUROCARERS, the European network representing informal carers and their organisations, to launch a new online database of digital services for carers of older people.
This new tool offers access to 78 good practices of digital services for older care at home, which the JRC gathered and that EUROCARERS helped making available to all.
The database, which is hosted on the EUROCARERS website, constitutes a valuable tool for EU Member States and all stakeholders involved in long-term care, including practitioners. The database contains information useful to develop, implement and transfer such services. Moreover, this database aims at raising awareness among policy-makers and care-responsible organisations about the benefits of these services for the sustainability of the care systems, the European population welfare and for growth and jobs.
Telecare, e-learning, online information platforms on care, care-tasks coordination apps, etc. are just a few examples of digital services for carers of older people. These services help them to carry out the care tasks more efficiently and make their care more accessible and qualified. However, these services are still not fully deployed in the public care systems and an analysis on return on investment, business models, digital skills and exchange of good practices, such as the ones provided in this online database, are needed to scale and mainstream these services.
The content of the database has been developed by the JRC in collaboration with the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG Connect) and thanks to the support of INRCA (the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing) and EUROCARERS.
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