Europe is rapidly aging. In Italy, the over-65s make up almost 25% of the population and, according to forecasts, by 2035 they will be around 30%.
This demographic trend means that more and more families will need a caregiver to assist their elderly: to make life easier for them during the day, to keep them company, or to help them with life outside the home. But what is needed most of all is staff to care for the dependent elderly who are cared for and looked after in their own homes or families, and who serve during the day or 24 hours a day and therefore live with the person they are caring for.
It is necessary for these staff to have basic training as caregivers in the basic aspects of care such as housekeeping, activating the elderly person, and non-medical care.
Although the 24/24 home care market is growing steadily, there are no minimum quality standards related to the skills needed to perform this job. The degree of training of caregivers is very diverse and sometimes completely absent. Currently, no specific preparation or practical training is required, and there is no official recognition of the courses that are sometimes organized at the local level or held by recruitment agencies.
In order to fill this training gap, which exists at both the Italian and European level, the Sole24ore project proposes a training course for caregivers lasting 215 hours, which guarantees families the use of qualified personnel in home care. It has also produced a manual on the skills a carer must have and on how to select and hire this type of collaborator.
The specificity of Sole24ore lies in the fact that the course is aimed at refugees and migrants and can also be attended by people with poor language skills. In fact, thanks to the materials written in simple language, it can be easily followed even by those who know Italian at level A2 of the European Framework of Languages.
The course is developed in 5 training modules, for each of which the relative didactic material has been produced:
1. Italy and the profession of home care worker
2. Home management and proper nutrition
3. Assistance and activation of the assisted
4. Medicine and care
5. Venetian cooking course
6. Sole24ore" professional training course curriculum
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The course, to be held in the classroom, integrates the technical-professional subjects with the main grammatical notions of the Italian language, up to the B1 level, and offers numerous readings to deepen the various aspects of assistance to the elderly.
The course can be delivered in its entirety or individual modules can be proposed, according to the training needs of participants.
The handouts, consisting of between 80 and 130 pages, have an attractive layout, rich in images and characterized by different colors according to different learning objectives, communicative situations, grammatical notions and vocabulary.
Thanks to this didactic methodology, people who have problems with job placement due to their professional qualifications that are not recognized or usable in Europe can learn the profession of a personal care worker and at the same time increase their language skills.
The training modules were tested in the classroom by Sole24ore project partners in Austria, Germany and Italy with refugees and migrants, and were subsequently improved by incorporating evaluations expressed by participants, experts from social services, training providers and recruitment agencies. The course is available in Italian and German.
Thanks to Sole24ore, funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ program, the following objectives are achieved in particular
- greater transparency for all parties on home care;
- a higher quality of the resident home care service;
- an increase in the number of qualified people wishing to work in this sector.
Year: 2015 - 2017
Reference number: 2015 1-AT01-KA202-005031
Title: Sole24ore. 24-Hour Home Care Training
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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication 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.