Responding to the needs of people with chronic disease, most of whom are elderly, is a challenge for health systems. In this context, integrated care models have been developed in Europe as a new approach for care for chronicity.
This new approach marks a change from reactive care after an adverse health event, towards a proactive and preventive care; a focus on the person and their active involvement in the management of his/her disease; a community approach, with home as a care centre; and greater coordination among the different levels of health care, among the health system, social services and community.
Home care workers can play a key role in the deployment of these integrated care models, and they could deliver new higher added value tasks, which currently they can´t do.
However, current professional profiles and professional qualification frameworks do not take into account the role of home care workers in the context of integrated care models.
Therefore, it seems that the updating of these professionals profiles and professional qualification frameworks, in order to integrate new competencies related to integrated care, may contribute to the deployment of these models in Europe.
Thus, the Carevolution project aims to develop the competences of home care workers in Europe, in the framework of integrated home care for elderly people with chronic disease.
This project is funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union within Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practice. (Project number: 2015-1-ES01-KA202-015541).
The objectives of the Carevolution project are:
Identify the role of home care workers in the framework of integrated care for elderly people with chronic diseases at home.
Develop the professional profile of home care workers in the framework of integrated care for elderly people with chronic diseases at home.
Develop a new training curricula and learning materials that will respond to the training needs for the acquisition of new competences of home care workers in the framework of integrated care for elderly people with chronic diseases at home.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication 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.