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Information for family members (informal caregivers)

New skills and solutions

Our activities  aim to help family members who take the role of a caregiver at home by defining the new skills of the carer – skills that can give carers a new and vital role as a ‘Carer+’.

Family members who take care of their frail and the elderly have many challenges in their day-to-day: no professional skills or training, hard to combine private/family and professional life with the home care provided to the relative, limited access to technology, lack of recognition and others. All of these challenges need to be recognised and solutions found.

What if carers had a better idea of how to solve their challenges? What if, through the use of today’s technology, carers had the possibility to provide more effective care and the opportunity to connect with others in their same situation?

Benefits for caregivers

Family members that provide care will have a 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.

Family members will have free access to an insert ICT device, which they can use during the home care service provision to their family members. The first part of the project- the so-called pilot phase- requires family members who act as 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 digital competencies and help establish new working practices. Carers will then provide 6 months home care service to their family members by using the device they received.

Participation

The participation in CARER+ project is completely free. Participants are not and cannot be charged by any fee. Carers are required to take part in the research activities by answering questionnaires and participating in group interviews.

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 caregiver.

The project will take place in five countries: France, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Spain. For any questions on the project during its duration feel free to contact us.

Download information in various languages: http://carerplus.eu/carer-project/press-and-media

CARER+ in a Nutshell

It is a European project that uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to support care workers to improve 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 sole purpose is research into potential benefits of technology on the quality of home care.