With an ageing population, the number of people in need of long-term care is increasing. As constant caring for someone is challenging, different services are developed to assist carers in fulfilling their activities. In this context, the European Union’s Joint Research Commission (JRC) partnered with EUROCARERS to launch a new online database of digital services for carers of older people.
This new tool offers access to 78 good practices of digital services for older care at home, which the JRC gathered and that EUROCARERS, the European network representing informal carers and their organisations, helped make available to all.
Telecare, e-learning, online information platforms on older care, and care-tasks coordination apps are just a few examples of digital services for carers of older people. These services support them in their caring role and make their care more accessible and qualified. However, these services are still not fully deployed in public care systems and an analysis on returns on investment, business models, digital skills and exchange of good practices, such as the ones provided in this online database, are needed to scale them up and mainstream these services.
The content of the database has been produced by the JRC in collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, with the support of INRCA (the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing) and EUROCARERS.
Carers can access the database for free on the EUROCARERS website.