IENE 7 National Seminar
IENE 7 National Seminar: Improving communication, intercultural and social skills for foreigners and migrants who work as caregivers of older people in Europe
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).
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