European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem.
Few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. Most PCGs are low skilled, have to be trained on the field, thus making it a very laborious and at the same time a tricky “adventure” for people with disabilities, but equally for e.g. older people who make use of them.
Raising competence levels of these low-skilled people to be benefit of care recipients is at the core of M-CARE. It aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.). Blended training approaches such as simulation both via video and animations, audio, textual training format, including hands-on practicing will be supported by the project.
This app is an innovative mobile learning platform designed for tablets, with multilingual interfaces, developed as Open Source applications (“free”), provided freely to VET centres; supported by a learning methodology;
The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable in increased PCG employment.
This app is a product of project M-Care - 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP which has been funded with support from the European Commission. The app 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.