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CARE CAMPUS. A EUROPEAN CONSORTIUM MODEL TO SUPPORT FORMAL AND INFORMAL CAREGIVING TRAINING

Melek Somai, Anneliese Lilienthal, Arlinda Cerga, Karen Abbott, Helene Villars, Barbara Gomez, João Malva, Lena Alksten, Stephanie Giraud, Laurie Owen, Fabien Lanterri, Sylvia Nissim, Christine Boutet-Rixe, Mario Ottiglio, Mike Hodin, Vincente Traver, Amie N Heap, Caroline Manus, Miia Kivipelto, Susanne Guidetti, Carl Johan Sundberg, Maria Hagströmer, Suzanne Pathkiller, Kristal Morales Pérez, Mark Belan, Alexandra Manson, Gideon Shimshon, Trevor Brocklebank, Elizabeth Muir, George Leeson, Charles Consel, Sarah Harper, Theng Yin Leng, Jan-Olov Hoog, Eric Asaba, Lefkos Middleton

Care Weekly 2018;2:43-49

Today’s health and social care systems are facing a challenge in how to effectively address caregiving for ageing populations facing cognitive disorders and frailty. Scholars and policy makers are now identifying a rise of “hidden form of care”, e.g. informal caregiving, as a phenomenon in support for ageing populations. Across Europe for instance, the rise in the older old adult population has led to a rapid expansion of the number of carers, both professional (formal) and informal. The latter, representing mostly family members caring for their loved ones, truly represents a “hidden form of care”. This can be a problem if formal and informal caregivers are not fully integrated into the healthcare continuum or are not given a systematic support to carry out caregiving in a relevant and safe way. There is currently no comprehensive European-wide legal framework and support mechanisms, in terms of training and education for this group. CARE Campus, an EIT Health programme within the Educational Campus Pillar, is a new model of collaboration between academic institutions, the private sector, and the public sector whose main aim is to support the development of a comprehensive training for formal and informal caregivers in Europe. The initial phase of the development encompasses nine (09) online training modules with a quality control process to ensure that the curriculum is evidence-based, compliant with the national and local regulations, and addresses the needs of caregivers across Europe. The objective is to support formal, informal, and family caregivers and reduce the burden on health care systems, whilst improving the quality of care for older adults.

CITATION:
Melek Somai ; Anneliese Lilienthal ; Arlinda Cerga ; Karen Abbott ; Helene Villars ; Barbara Gomez ; João Malva ; Lena Alksten ; Stephanie Giraud ; Laurie Owen ; Fabien Lanterri ; Sylvia Nissim ; Christine Boutet-Rixe ; Mario Ottiglio ; Mike Hodin ; Vincente Traver ; Amie N Heap ; Caroline Manus ; Miia Kivipelto ; Susanne Guidetti ; Carl Johan Sundberg ; Maria Hagströmer ; Suzanne Pathkiller ; Kristal Morales Pérez ; Mark Belan ; Alexandra Manson ; Gideon Shimshon ; Trevor Brocklebank ; Elizabeth Muir ; George Leeson ; Charles Consel ; Sarah Harper ; Theng Yin Leng ; Jan-Olov Hoog ; Eric Asaba ; Lefkos Middleton (2018): CARE Campus. A European Consortium Model to Support Formal and Informal Caregiving Training. Care Weekly. http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2018.12

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