At this event you can discover the innovative training programme designed by the EU-funded TRACK project for informal carers who are caring for a person affected by dementia​. Other topics: certification as a tool for recognising informal carers' skills, the use of digital solutions to offer new learning opportunities, and training for informal carers at EU, national and local level.

Informal carers are persons who provide care (usually unpaid) to someone with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need, outside of a professional or formal framework.

Informal carers across the EU provide over 80% of all care, with women providing approximately two thirds of care mainly as daughters (in law) and wives/partners. In our ageing societies, more and more people endorse informal caregiving activities.

Eurocarers Policy Officer Claire Champeix says: "While caring for a relative can be source of personal satisfaction, informal carers often face the specific difficulties attached to a disease such as dementia without benefiting from adequate support nor recognition."

Learning opportunities, especially online, are needed

According to Eurocarers, learning opportunities, in particular when embedded in a range of support services, are highly valued by informal carers, and recommended by health professionals, vocational training professionals as well as academic research.

However, evidence shows that informal carers face a multiplicity of obstacles preventing them from accessing training, including a lack of information, self-awareness, opportunities at disposal and limited availability due to their caring responsibilities. That's why online support and training would be very useful: It offers new ways to reach out to informal carers and provides them with new opportunities.

Both online and face-to-face modules

​​T​hat's where the project TRACK (for TRAining and recognition of informal Carers’ sKills) comes in. It focuses on helping informal carers caring for a person affected by dementia. Building on the cooperation between training providers, informal carers organisations and experts on skills and qualification, it has developed:

  • ​A baseline study on existing support and learning opportunities for informal carers in the EU;​
  • A blended training for informal carers facing dementia, combining​​ online and face-to-face modules, adapted and tested in three pilot countries (Germany, Spain, France)​;​
  • ​A study on the feasibility of the certification of this training​.​

Discover this and more at the free of charge TRACK conference on 21 June in Brussels (from 9h00 until 13h30), the registration deadline has been extended until 31 May.

Organiser
TRACK project/Eurocarers

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