The CARE4DEM model of online facilitated Mutual Aid Group
An innovative approach towards supporting efficiently informal carers of people with dementia
The Final Seminar of the Care4Dem Project took place online on Thursday, 25 June 2020.
Providing care for people affected by dementia proves particularly challenging for their relatives who face acute difficulties, notably to maintain the relationship and to address challenging behaviours. The CARE4DEM project has developed an innovative tool to support dementia carers, combining the tracked added-value of Mutual Aid Groups (MAGs) in terms of empowerment with the potentialities of ICT-based solutions, accessible to informal carers who face practical obstacles to attend face-to-face interventions. At the end of this project, partners are in a position to offer a comprehensive model of a MAG for informal carers facilitated online. A particular attention has been given to the role of the facilitator, which can be endorsed either by a professional or/and by an experienced informal carer.
While the CARE4DEM’s MAG model is tailored for people taking care of a relative with dementia, most of its content is not disease-specific and might support interventions towards carers confronted with other diseases.
During the seminar, the project partners presented the CARE4DEM’s comprehensive set of tools and guidelines, enabling stakeholders to implement easily the model and engage a commonly left out group into adult learning. Together with carers and professionals involved in the intervention, partners shared the learnings of the piloting in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Romania.
The seminar also offered an opportunity to discuss further CARE4DEM’s take-aways and the conditions which must be fulfilled in order to ensure that informal carers can rely on adequate support online in the foreseeable future. Representatives of key institutions such as of the European Commission, local authorities, health mutual cooperatives, as well as users’ representatives are invited to contribute to the discussion.
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Care4Dem Seminar Online - Concept Note and Agenda– updated on 18 June 2020
- Care4Dem Seminar-Presentation of speakers
- IO1 Evidence Review regarding web-based MAG - Eurocarers
- IO2 The online MAG model - Anziani e non solo
- IO3 Facilitator’s Competence Profile - Eurocarers
- IO3 Facilitators’ Competences Online Self-assessment Tool - European Association for Social Innovation
- IO4 Blended Training for Facilitators - Aproximar
- IO5 Online mutual aid group Testimonials from Romania
- IO6 Learning from piloting: the blended training - Aproximar
- IO6 Online MAGs piloting - CASO50+
- ICT-support for Carers - EC DG CNECT