Social Care Policy-Makers Meet in 5 Countries

The purposes of the CARER+ multilateral policy visits is to draw a comprehensive picture about the social policy system including home care in the the involved countries and to exchange of experiences. Since home care services are deeply embedded in the national legal, social, economic and policy context, project partners organise policy working visits for local stakeholders in 5 countries during the project lifetime, in order to support a better understanding of possible solutions of social care challenges on a local and regional scale.

These visits promote peer learning and exchange of good practices between policymakers of the five Member States in which are implemented the CARER+ Piloting Programme, to compare systems, methods, solutions and practices in the home care sector and investigate potential transferability and/or joint projects. Participants of these visits will have the chance to create a framework for European cooperation and raise awareness and build consensus at policy maker level regarding the elderly care and professionalisations of social care workers via ICTs and other measures.

Five policy working visits will be organized alltogether, following the principle that each piloting partner will host a visit. Policy visits have a multilateral feature, any of the piloting countries are free to participate. These policy visits will provide opportunity to have an impression of the care regime of the visited country as well as to study CARER+ pilot implementation. These visits are currently being organised during the pilot programme.

Who can participate?

Project partners contact relevant stakeholders and policy makers in their own countries inviting them to the policy visit they organised. These stakeholders are:

  • representative/super trainer of the pilot organisation and
  • relevant politicians responsible for policy and decision making (e.g. a state secretary) or
  • experts from the central/regional/local public administration bodies (or municipalities) responsible for the design and coordination of home care provision or
  • academics/researchers focusing on home care or representative of a relevant research institution or
  • representatives of service provider organisations or
  • representative of carer’s alliance or
  • representative of care recipients’ alliance/organisation.

Do you think you missed the invtiation? Contact the Carer+ partner in your country.

What the policy makers will learn about their peers

The multilateral policy visits should follow a general structure in order to promote the evaluation of Task 7.5, these are: (A) care regime, (B) situation of care recipients, (C) situation of carers, (D) ICT in home care, (E) exchange of CARER+ pilot programme experiences.

A)    Care regime:

  • The historical changes of the care regimes
  • Demographic processes
  • The regulation of home care provision
  • The service provider ‘scene’: (1) level of decentralisation: share of responsibilities between the state and regional/municipal levels; (2) service providers’ market: the role and space for the non-governmental actors as service providers
  • The funding of home care services
  • The relation of social and health care in policy making and in public administration
  • The benefits and the challenges of the current system
  • The local policy strategy to improve home care services

B)    The situation of care recipients:

  • The main features of the care recipients (socio-demographic)
  • Potential formal alliance(s) to represent care recipients’ interest
  • Local formal forum to involve care recipients’ in policy making and their good practices

C)    The situation of carers:

  • Identification of care profession
  • Carrier paths and opportunities for carers
  • Socio-demographic features of care population
  • Local organisations to represent carers’ interest
  • Professional formal fora to involve carers in policy making and service design

D)    ICTs in home care:

  • Strategied on national level to involve ICTs in home care provision
  • Mainstream ICT solutions in home care provision (alarm systems, TeleHealth services etc.) and their good practices
  • CARER+-related similar local initiatives focusing on ICTs in home care services

E)    CARER+ piloting experiences:

  • Presentation of experiences, inviting and meeting with participants and/or mentors who have been involved in CARER+ piloting, presentation of good practices

Schedule of the policy visits

LATVIA: 30, September - 2, October 2014 (Riga)
ROMANIA: 7-8, October 2014 (Timisoara)
FRANCE 20-22, October 2014 (Paris)
ITALY: 26-27, November 2014 (Bologna)
SPAIN: 21-22, January 2015 (Bilbao)

Stay tuned for the reports of the policy visits!