HERE4U aims at increasing the level of senior caregivers’ soft skills, improvement of competences linked to professional practices, empowering seniors’ caregivers, improvement of the level of seniors’ service highlighting the emotional and psychological aspect of seniors’ care. The project also aims at fostering relation between caregivers and senior and improving seniors’ wellbeing.
Due to changes in age demography and growing number of seniors, the demand for qualified caregivers will be increasing parallely. This trend is reflected to some respect in the educational offer of different institutions, like VET schools, educational centers, adult education institutions. However, all of them are focused on development of professional competences of caregivers and forget about fostering soft skills development, which in case of caregivers are crucial. Today, about 60% of care in the EU is provided by informal carers.
Unfortunately, caregivers are not equipped with sufficient level of soft skills and have no knowledge and awareness of their importance, while other stakeholders like owners of residential/care/nursing houses and seniors themselves more often appreciate caregivers with appropriate personal approach. This approach has the reflection in seniors’ wellbeing which as now one of EU strategies priority. The competition on a labour market leads us to a situation when unskilled personnel will not be employed.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project Number: 2018-1-AT01-KA204-039210.