Grandis XXI. – Vocational Education for Interprofessional Elderly Care in the 21st century
The European Commission describes ageing as one of the greatest social and economic challenges of the 21st century for European societies. In 2014, the proportion of persons aged 65 or over reached 18.5% in the EU and it is projected to further increase in the future to almost 30% by 2080. The capacity of public social care organizations will not be able to meet the increasing demand; they will not be able to ensure appropriate number of places for the increasing number of elderly people in needs of institutional care.
To avoid the crisis there are strong ongoing efforts to support the active and healthy ageing of elderly people, to keep them at home as long as possible, by providing them effective home care. There is a strong need for new approaches in the social sector, to turn the traditional care services into more tailored personal care, and into telecare services to improve the life quality of elderly people. The ICT-based telecare systems hold the potential to overcome this difficulties, but the lack of advanced digital skills of caregivers is strong hindering factor of their wide spread.