EASPD is part of a new project which aims to stimulate user-led design in the development of ICT-based Alzheimer care solutions. The Co-Care project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + Knowledge alliance programme which makes it possible for organisations from different countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth. Thanks to this support from the EU, CO-Care counts experts from around Europe amongst its partnership.
The Co-Care project brings together universities, ICT professionals, the health and social care sector and most importantly users to improve teaching and learning approaches and foster entrepreneurship in the ICT and health and social sector. The objective is that this approach be used in the design of ICT solutions to facilitate the daily life of informal caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. To improve the quality of the care they provide, give them a chance to network and help them to stay healthy.
Throughout its three-year duration, ‘Co-Care’ will develop three major outputs.
- A training course for health, ICT and social studies students in order to stimulate entrepreneurship in products better suited to the needs of consumers.
- A toolkit for informal carers which will equip them with the knowledge to choose ICT-based solutions and competences to better use them, to connect with peers and to stay healthier.
- An online community of practice which will give support to all relevant stakeholders involved and follow the development of the training course and toolkit.
Co-Care is important for EASPD as it focuses on a pertinent issue for support services today, caring for an ageing population and barriers preventing the uptake of technology by the sector. Often technology meant for our sector has not been designed in a way that specifically addresses the sector’s needs and therefore becomes difficult and unattractive to use. You can read more about digitalisation in the social services sector here. EASPD hopes to tackle the reluctance within our sector towards embracing technology through CO-Care and will bring its knowledge on the needs of support services and expertise as a European organisation to the project.
After the kick-off meeting at the beginning of February, partners will now begin to work on mapping existing successful action on co-created ICT-based Alzheimer care solutions at national and European level. By researching what has already been developed, the partnership hopes to generate knowledge on how user-led design and co-creation needs can be better embedded in the design process of these care solutions. A project website will also soon be online with all the latest project news, keep an eye out for updates!