Population ageing is a phenomenon that concerns all EU countries. This phenomenon comes from declining fertility rates as well as rising life expectancy and gains importance over the last years. As a result, EU countries are inhabited by a large amount of seniors who because of experiencing various difficulties of everyday life need appropriate care. The problem goes hand in hand with the loosening of family ties and lack of family support and consequently there is a demand for caregivers who can provide professional care for seniors in their own country as well as abroad.

The demand for caregivers is great, but also the requirements for quality of provided care also increases.

Today’s people working as carers are expected not only to have suitable hard skills, but moreover, it is crucial to focus on possessed by them soft skills and a knowledge containing basic information on the formal requirements and working conditions in different countries. However, this significant demand leads to shallower the education process and neglect of preparation a professional, valuable database.

The main goal of the project is to increase the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the profession of caregiver for seniors, as well as to increase the interest of young people in this profession, by developing a number of training and information materials targeted at young people and training organizations in various EU countries.

It includes increasing awareness among current and future caregivers about the suitable education path, the importance of high level of soft skills, cultural and formal differences in case of working abroad and expectations and preferences of seniors themselves. Tests and courses offered by the project will enable the self-diagnosing and then gaining and developing skills.

Care4You project offers totally innovative tools orienting on improving soft skills and emphasizing their importance for quality of work in the caregiver profession. The implementation of the project will not only help develop these essential competences and obtain professional qualifications but also receive the database with transparent, grouped into categories information about formal requirements and working conditions of senior caregivers in different countries.

Materials developed under the project will be directed to people working or preparing for working as carers as well as to employment agencies and training institutions which will be able to implement them into their educational offer. As a final result, not only situation of workers and institutions will improve but also situation of seniors, whose needs will better meet.

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