It is a European project that uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to support care workers in improving the quality of life for people who require care in their homes. It is a non-for profit project supported by the European Commission. Its purpose is research into potential benefits of technology on the quality of home care.
New skills and solutions
We aim to help care workers by defining the new skills of the care worker – skills that can give care workers a new and vital role as a ‘Carer+’.
Care workers have many challenges in their profession: little formal accreditation or recognition of prior experience, limited access to technology, lack of chances to continue studying, etc. All of these challenges need to be recognised and solutions found.
What if care givers had a better idea of how to solve their challenges? What if, through the use of today’s technology, care workers had flexible options to continue their training, the possibility for their profession to be formally recognised, opportunities to connect with other care workers and more?
Benefits for care workers
Care workers in the CARER+ project will have free access to modern ICT tools; they can freely attend a 200 hours training and they can apply and try their new skills in the practice of home care.
Care workers will have free access to an insert ICT device, which they can use during the home care service provision to older people. The first part of the project- the so-called pilot phase- requires carers to participate in a 200 hours training of which 40 hours are a face-to-face learning, completed by 160 hours of distance learning. This training will develop the care worker’s digital competencies and help establish new working practices. Care workers will then provide 6 months home care service to older people by using the device they received.
The participation in CARER+ project is completely free. Participants are not and cannot be charged by any fee. Carers are requested to take part in the research activities by answering questionnaires and participating in group interviews related to their experiences of the trainings.
After the initial pilot phase carers will take part in the research phase. This will involve collecting information from carers by using individual or group interviews (focus groups) or filling out questionnaires. These research activities will help investigators of the project learn about the impacts and the effectiveness of the project and benefits that can possibly be provided to the care worker.
The project piloting takes place in five countries: France, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Spain. For any questions on the project during its duration feel free to contact us