Who do we need in Elderly Care - and how do we get and qualify them?

A first draft of learning outcomes was developed during the second seminar of the ECVET for Elderly Care project that took place in Bremen in June 2013.

To meet current challenges due to the demographic change as well as the lack of skilled workers in the care sector with fresh ideas and networks - that's the purpose of our ECVET for Elderly Care project. Therefore all Project Partners from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Scotland are in constant exchange.

The Project Partners from Germany are the Bremer Dienstleistungs-Service GmbH, a sub company of the Bremer Heimstiftung and the vocational college Schulzentrum Neustadt from Bremen. Both invited all partners for a three-day meeting in Bremen in June 2013 to discuss the results of the questionnaire, to learn about the German system of elderly care and - last but not least - to further establish a stable network among themselves. Let's say- all purposes where achieved.

Group photo - Bremem The first task in this project was to identify the required skills and qualification potential candidates have to upgrade or improve for caring and interacting with older people in the field of elderly care. As a first step all countries interviewed responsible persons and working staff in their own countries with a jointly developed questionnaire during April and May.

So the main purpose of this second meeting in Bremen was to get an understanding of the impact of the results on the further design of the unit to be created.

The results of the conducted interviews were presented from Merja Suominen, who pointed out first ideas of common sense as well as differences between the participating countries.

As in all meetings the host tries to give an impression about the own system of elderly care. The german partner arranged a public international meeting on the second day.

Alexander Künzel, the Chairman of the Bremer Heimstiftung, gave all partners a warm Welcome Reception in their Educational Centre. He pointed out the importance of the project for his Foundation. Künzel highlighted the relevance of the combination of Home Economics and Care for the achievement of a life in dignitiy and a high quality of life for the elderly. Elderly Care should provide no artificial world but an as usual day to day life as possible in accordance of the habits and perceptions of the residents. Alexander Künzel is convinced that it is highly possible to find caretaker fitted for the job: "There are diamonds among us- we just have to identify and polish them."

Bremem2 Sigried Boldajipour and Sabine Nowack presented the Qualification framework and the Vocational Education System in the field of Elderly Care in Germany and Bremen In their presentation they emphasized the increasing lack of skilled workers as well as senior/executive staff. Additionally the number of young professionals decreases at the same time.

According to the Pflegereport 2030/ Bertelsmann-Stiftung the number of persons in need of care will increase up to 50% so we need up to 500.000 additional care workers in Germany until 2030. To cope with these challenges Germany started an initiative to reform the qualifications needed and plan a generalized vocational education for Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegehilfe

Voker Tewes, Housemaster of the Stadtteilhaus Huchting, presented his house to explain the philosophy of the Bremer Heimstiftung. This "House of the Quarter" was developed from a mere traditional home for elderly with more than 100 residents to today´s organizational form - an open house for people living in the quarter.

The three Stand out features of this House are:

  1. Development of a co-operation network with 13 co-operation partners and an enormous variety of services, e.g. day care guests, Hairdresser, Kindergarten - and most important the Joint Welfare Association that covers all problems of elderly people in the neighborhood.
  2. Specialization in the concept of "eat-and-live-in-kitchen" (see presentation of Judith Mahlmann at the 1st meeting).
  3. Management of volunteers with more than 50 volunteers.

In the afternoon Volker Tewes invited all foreign partners to have a closer look on the concept of the "House of the Quarter"

Bremem3 Referring to the presentation of Nowack and Boldajipour who stated the "Case of Emergency" in the Care Field Judith Mahlmann gave a Bremen answer to the question "Who do we need?" As we know that the Demand is increasingly outstripping the supply of Care Workers the questions now are:

The Bremen Partner suggested a modular, individually tailored trainings concept, which takes previous qualifications and experiences into account to allow quicker progression. This would heighten the self-esteem of the recruits. "Why should one complete the whole training circle when he already disposes the learning outcomes of two or three units?" emphasizes Monika Böttjer (BDS). By appreciating the present skills and abilities the recruits are expected to have a higher motivation to begin and complete the training. Furthermore this form presents an attractive career opportunity. For the companies its also worth to regard- it's a price effective form as there are less amount of courses to pay for and a faster access to the jobs.

Last but not least - there was a cultural program not only to show our beautiful town but to heighten the understanding of our different backgrounds. Our aim was to raise the confidence and the common sense further and give room for the priceless informal exchange about our topic. The atmosphere is an important source for dedicated and fruitful discussions…

THANK YOU ALL for a successful and sunny time with you in Bremen! We are looking forward to meeting you again in Glasgow!

Downloadable documents

  Programme international meeting ECVET for Elderly care 6th of June 2013 

  Program Meeting in Bremen June 2013 

  Cultural Program Bremen for HP 

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