It's our pleasure to announce that CARER+ and Discover4Carers agreed to partner up for the promotion of each others final events. CARER+ was invited to present the latest project findings at Discover4Carers' final event: Transforming Care Conference in London on 24 February 2015. In the same time, Discover4Carers will join the final conference of CARER+: Smart Homecare: investing in skills and service delivery in Palais de Luxembourg, Paris, France on 27th of March 2015.
Read more about Discover4Carers below.
Digital technologies can transform the experience of those receiving care, whether this care is provided by a friend or family member to a loved one or by a paid care worker to a client. However, this requires carers and often the cared-for person to be familiar with these technologies in the first place. DISCOVER aims to familiarise carers with digital technologies and embed them in their day-to-day lives.
For example, numerous web sites provide useful information on a range of topics (such as health, housing, finance and support) and DISCOVER makes these more accessible. DISCOVER will ‘scoop’ together and select the best websites for carers, making them accessible from one site. Similarly, handheld devices such as mobile phones offer much potential for improving communication between carers and service providers. DISCOVER will work with carers and care services to provide appropriately targeted information to carers through mobile devices, including mobile phones. Digital television is another potentially useful means of engaging with carers.
DISCOVER is about using these and other digital technologies to enable carers to find the information they need, when they need it and in an appropriate format. It is about carers using digital technologies as an everyday part of their care routine and thus removing the boundaries between formal learning and experiences that take place at home. Carers can watch short video clips on caring in the videos section of the DISCOVER website and, later, discuss or share an idea with other carers accessing DISCOVER.
The concept of enhancing care experiences through learning and technology is taken further by the new DISCOVER learning environment. This delivers and supports learning and includes facilities for learners and teachers to have a dialogue about the activity, all via ICT. More information