Population ageing is a long-term trend. The EU-28’s old-age dependency ratio is projected to increase from 28.8 % in 2015 to 51.0 % by 2080 (Eurostat, June 2016).
Providing long-term care in home, is proving to be a viable and cost effective alternative to institutional care. Due to the increasing numbers of older adults and the demand for the home direct-care workers all over Europe, there is a current and, possible, future shortage of trained caregivers.
In many EU Member States, migrants are filling this labour gap, providing essential care services. Migrant elderly caregivers are dealing with important challenges of inadequate education and training, low wages, minimal worker benefits, lack of career advancement opportunities, and erratic and often part-time employment.
The lack of adequate training for elderly caregivers remains a major gap in workforce development.
In the framework of the IENE 7 project, five partners from Romania, UK, Spain and Italy created an innovative European Model and a Curriculum for training migrants who work as caregivers of elderly people in Europe.
The Model is based on the PPT/IENE Model developed in previous IENE 1-6 projects (www.ieneproject.eu).
The main outputs of the project are the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available on the Blackboard platform and a easy to navigate Course available on this website.
On the MOOC section, trainers may download our innovative MOOC model and resources and set up their own MOOC: Methodology and content of MOOC , Guide for instructors , the Report of piloting the MOOC and Good practices.
This website provide access to a easy to navigate Course grouped in four units: Cultural awareness, Cultural sensitivity, Cultural knowledge, Cultural competences.