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European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem.

Few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. Most PCGs are low skilled, have to be trained on the field, thus making it a very laborious and at the same time a tricky “adventure” for people with disabilities, but equally for e.g. older people who make use of them.

Raising competence levels of these low-skilled people to be benefit of care recipients is at the core of M-CARE (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People – http://mcare-project.eu). It aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.). Blended training approaches such as simulation both via video and animations, audio, textual training format, including hands-on practicing will be supported by the project.

M-CARE will generate:

  • a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities, applicable in every country in the EU and beyond, provided under a creative commons license (so “free”);
  • innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet PC) with multilingual interfaces, developed as Open Source applications (“free”), provided freely to VET centres; supported by a learning methodology;
  • piloting with end-users (mainly low skilled people) and beneficiaries (people with disabilities and older people) in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Turkey;
  • provision of online portal with dedicated communities, providing access to PCGs learning modules for VET centres.

The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable in increased PCG employment.

This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This 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.

This European Conference on 9-10 November 2011 is organised in the framework of the project ImPaCT in Europe—Improving Person Centred Technology in Europe, funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of DG Education and Culture.
The conference programme has been designed to deliver an exciting agenda bringing together key people from across Europe to demonstrate how assistive technology can significantly support independence for people with disabilities in a person centred way.
Key speakers hail from all relevant stakeholder groups to debate the issue from all perspectives and to reach a consensus on how to bring the PCT agenda forward.
Key topics that will be debated include Ethics in PCT service delivery, Training needs for care staff, Areas of PCT use and related challenges, and PCT in education and at work.

Conference venue:
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Rue de la loi 107 Wetstraat
1040 Brussels

Registration details: on www.impact-in-europe.eu and www.easpd.eu.

The European Conference on Care and Protection of Senior Citizens takes place on 25-26.5.2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. The online broadcast of the conference will be operational from Monday 25th May (9.00-17.00) till Tuesday (9.00-16.00).