General objectives

Within the aim of contributing to the professionalisation of domiciliary care workers and caregivers, the Carer+ project intends to:

  • Equip EU care workers with the required set of digital competences to support older people (+65) in their use of ICTs and AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) technologies that will enhance their professional status and impact positively on the quality of life, autonomy and safety of those in their care;
  • Equip care workers with a set of digital competences that will allow them to be more active in society, enhancing and diversifying their opportunities for EU mobility, employability (access to better jobs) and personal and professional development (access to VET).

The professionalisation of domiciliary care workers and caregivers cannot be attained without the involvement of local, regional and national actors working in the sector of Family-Employment. For this reason, the Carer+ project also seeks to raise awareness and promote consensus building on professionalisation of domiciliary care workers and caregivers across Europe.


Specific Objectives

Operational objectives of the project are:

  • To develop, host and administer the Carer+ web portal with a Content Management System and Application for providing information, resources and social networking facilities to the European stakeholders of the domiciliary care-sector.
  • To develop a list of ICT knowledge and skill-based competences for domiciliary care givers and care workers, proposed by an ad-hoc working group with representation from a wide range of stakeholders from the fields of digital literacy, social inclusion, social care, ambient assisted living (AAL) and eHealth.
  • To develop a certification process for the digital competences for social carers and linked to the competence framework.
  • To develop the learning environment, learning pathways and associated resources, such that the development of non-formal hard and soft skills are integrated with the attainment of formally accredited competencies, within the defined digital competence framework within the two key strands of ‘employability’ and ‘social care with ICT’.
  • To pilot and test in real conditions in 5 European countries (FR, IT, RO, LV, SE), 10 piloting sites and 500 pilot users among older care workers, caregivers and older people +65, including:
    • The development of new competences of caregivers and care workers aiming to increase the efficiency of care against a background of affordance of available technologies for active and healthy ageing: the new role of the care worker in the digital society.
    • Peer learning and support among caregivers and care workers via mobile technologies based on the public recognition of soft and hard skills (micro-certificates of competences “badges”) acquired or developed during the pilots or in prior professional and learning experiences.
    • Intergenerational learning models between informal caregivers, care workers and care recipients thanks to mobile technologies and smart networked objects for active and healthy ageing, and learning at-the-workplace.
    • Other organisations, outside the consortium and potentially from other countries will be invited to join the piloting action through a call for piloting.

The pilot programme will be over a period of 10 months for care workers and caregivers and a period of 6 months for care recipients, and their families. 200 care workers will be involved in the Continuous Professional Development Programme and 50 informal caregivers will be involved in an adult learning programme.

  • To deliver guidelines to enable transfer of the Carer+ processes and tools to promote the development of digital competences in care sector, for sustainability and transferability purposes in Europe.
  • To disseminate the project aims and results to a wider public, including experts, workers, families and policy makers dealing with domiciliary care. The professionalisation of domiciliary care workers and caregivers cannot be attained without the involvement of local, regional and national actors working in the sector. For this reason, Carer+ also seeks to raise awareness and promote consensus building, and to set up the basis for the harmonization of digital competences standards and their certification across EU.