Europe is getting older. Both the Commission and the European Council acknowledge that the impact of demographic ageing on European social models calls for a strong response. The changes related to aging are affecting fundamental aspects for the wellbeing and dignity of older people, which implies the need of a new strategy on the traditional model of long term care in European countries.
For years it has been a debate about the lack of adequacy of benefits and services to those who need long-term care. Currently, it is thought necessary to redefine the model of care for the elderly by obsolete. People who require care and support of different type and intensity are numerous and demanding. These people aspire to continue to develop their own life projects according to their preferences. They claim the right not only to treat your illness but to reduce their dependency and promotion of personal autonomy and the inclusion of active life. Right, that has been recognized in the legislation of all European countries.
Thus, different European countries have developed some new business models of integrated care centered on people some examples are: the housing model and the socio-sanitary integration system of the Nordic countries; The experience in some elderly organisations in Italy, which is a reference framework for the development of integrated care, the model of coexistence units is being successfully experienced in Spain; and the "Development of a Network of Elderly Care Facilities " which follows a community model in Romania.
A personalized service model requires new skills and roles for their performance. A new professional figure emerges in this area as is the professional of reference in residential care centres for older people (PROREF), as a person responsible for personalized support for each individual user on a day to day, from continued support, developing communication skills, knowledge of the person and search generating capacity of resources and welfare, care plan support and coordination of interventions.
The New-Care project aims to develop a group of training resources for the emerging figure of Professional Reference Residential Centers, as a key figure for the shift to a new management model aimed at ensuring the dignity and well-being of people (model AICP), through prevention of the dependence and the development of independent lifestyles of the elderly.
The results are aimed at improving the employability of workers in the sector due to new trends of aging and to propose consideration of a new professional profile and new skills in vocational training systems to adapt to a new model of provision of services in the residential field.
The intellectual outputs of the project are:
• International training curriculum for the PROREF profile, whose activity will facilitate the implementation of the AICP model in this sector.
• Educational content for PROREF training, adapted to different ICT supports for e-learning courses.
• Contents addressed to the teacher/trainer on: How to use open educational resources in the application of the AICP model?
• Multilingual educational kit, compatible with mobile devices, for the new profile PROREF.
• Testing all educational resources through a pilot e-learning course in each participant country.
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The project was developed in the period from 2017 to 2019, with the following organizations: Sector NGOs (Mensajeros de la Paz, ES), BF (Training Consultant, BG), CIAPE (Training Consultant, IT), SOSU AARUS (Training Center, DK), ASOCIATIA HABILITAS, (Training center, RO).