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seCtor skills for elderly home care - An integRatEd framework for domiciliary healthcare SkillS development
Start date: Nov 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Demographic ageing is one of the most serious challenges Europe is facing. Better care and sustainability of health services calls for innovative ways to address the needs of the elderly. Supporting homecare, i.e. care provided by professionals within users’ own homes, has been identified by EC as a possible solution.Although a high number of elderly and their families are searching for skilled practitioners they often have to face a mismatch between the skills they are asking for and those offered by job-seekers. The CARESS project will target this skill mismatch in order to overcome it.An initial analysis of the context of elderly homecare will be carried out in order to identify:- Existing elderly Home Health Care Practitioners (HHCPs) and their respective skills and roles- Existing curricula, VET and career pathways concerning HHCPsLearning outcomes of existing curricula and VET pathways will be mapped against competency needs. They will refer toESCO, ECVET and EURES. This is in order to define skills and training provision needs in the field of homecare.Information gathered through the initial analysis of the context will be organised and systematised in an EU framework for VET in the field of homecare. Than national pilots will be designed and implemented in three countries, targeting different HCCPs, allowing for the validation of the framework. Pilots will include different educational methods and will be based both on formal (presence learning an e-learning) and on non-formal/informal learning.The main project expected outputs will include the EU framework, guidelines supporting its use, the instructional design documents of the three national pilots, presence courses in Italy, Spain and Finland, an integrated platform for e-learning and for supporting Virtual Communities of Practice (VCP), free Multilingual Open Contents and self-sustainable VCPs of HHCPs.
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