Between Dec 5th and Dec 9th, SCI hosted a study visit for members of a 2 year Erasmus+ project called “Care for Carers”. The objective of this program is to develop an innovative tool for informal caregivers of people with dementia that will help them cope with everyday challenges. Many home carers are isolated or educationally disadvantaged and such an educational aid will inform and empower them to deliver high-quality care.
Within the project, SCI is responsible for creating digital aids and interactive tools to facilitate learning, based on the content developed by all of the partners.
During the study visit to Sweden, the project partners had the opportunity to visit our local partner organisations, such as Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, the Sophiahemmet University, and the Swedish Dementia Centre. We also discussed the delivery methodologies and what is achievable for the content and focus of the project’s activities.
The result of this project will be a collation of the best practices in dementia care and e-learning material that can be flexibly used as either stand-alone e-learning materials or that could also be adopted to be used as part of a blended learning approach if it better fits the needs for a particular group of carers in individual partner countries.
The innovation of this project is: to combine best practice skills and experience of this well-chosen and complementary project partnership, a combination of expertise in dementia practice working directly with older people and their families, and modern e-learning technologies, adult learning, WBL, blended learning and C-VET delivered in an interactive resource.
Outreach to engage maximum carers involved will be achieved through local networks and relationships with external stakeholders in the dementia care sector. These networks will aid in identifying those carers who are most in need of the support.
Others participating in “Care for Carers” include:
North West Regional College (Northern Ireland)
Berufsförderungsinstitut Österreich (Upper Austria)
Rijn IJssel (The Netherlands)
Asp La Quiete (Italy)
Akdeniz Sağlık İdarecileri Derneği (Turkey)