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ICT – Innovative Caregivers’ TrainingRethinking competences for a sustainable and effective homecare system

In Europe seniors and particularly elderly people (> 60/80 years old), are a growing component of the population. Health and psychological fragilities are strongly linked to age progression and do often appear in a context of comorbidity. The need of personal support and health care for older persons is therefore growing constantly, especially in the home care sector (Nolte and McKee, 2008; Bayliss et al. 2008). There exists thus a strong need to offer tailored caregiver training programmes for the home care sector. It is well known, that the quality of life of seniors and elderly people could be improved significantly by promoting homecare integrated assistance including telehealth options, allowing health care professionals to monitor and consult patients remotely (CAST,2012; Garson et al. 2012; EU-EHAP, 2012). As a consequence hospitals and primary care services could be discharged. In this context the promotion of innovative and collaborative care models, which do integrate affordable technologies to coordinate care, will be crucial. It will become most important to assess and adapt attitudes as well as skills of caregivers assisting elderly people at home on a continuous basis. They are in a key position to act as mentors of elderly people and may help them (when knowing to use adequate relational and communication skills) to overcome potential barriers to the use of new technologies.The ICT training Model “Innovative caregivers’ training” for further education used interrelated procedures for competence building through transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes, which may be achieved thanks to experiential learning (informal and non-formal contexts). Several complementary units concentrating on workplace learning and assessment will promote caregiver qualification paths based on existing local professional regulations in all participating countries. By promoting the use of new technologies and the interaction with local care networks, both caregivers and elderly people living at home may be facilitated considerably in their usual daily activities.
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