Improve the skills of home helpers for older people

Tuesday, 22 October 2019
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On 22 October 2019 at the EESC, POUR LA SOLIDARITÉ organises the closing event of atHOME, a European project aimed at improving the maintenance of older and dependent people at home. How? By developing professional skills for both people without qualifications and students, and by strengthening the quality of the care of the older persons at home.

To enable home helpers to acquire transferable training and to develop the interaction and cooperation between the different actors of the home help and care for the benefit of the well-being of the older persons, the 7 partners of 4 European countries have developed a series innovative tools: a MOOC with tutorials, a smartphone application and a video promoting the profession of home helpers.

These tools have been created in continuous interaction between field professionals and academics for non-paramedical homeworkers. With the aim of securing first-level care and enhancing the attractiveness of this profession, which is considered to be of little value, although essential in the primary care home care system, these services allow jobseekers or home helpers to validate a basic skills base specific to the home help and care sector.

To discover these tools, follow the exchanges between home help experts, institutional representatives, researchers and field actors, take part in the debate on 22 October 2019, followed by a networking lunch offered to participants.

The programme of the conference will be available soon. Online registration is free but mandatory (until 14 October 2019 included).

In practice

  • Tuesday  22 October 2019, from 9:00 to 16:30
  • Registrations and welcoming coffee from 8:30
  • Bilingual conference in French and English with simultaneous interpretation
  • Networking lunch offered
  • European economic and social  committee (EESC): Rue Van Maerlant 2 (room VMA3), Brussels
  • Metro 1 or 5, Stop Maalbeek/Maelbeek or Schuman

Project atHOME

The atHOME project brings together 7 partners from 4 European countries: IRFSS Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France), AMSADHG (France), ODPS (Portugal), the Public University of Navarre (Spain), the Polytechnic Institute of Porto IPP (Portugal), Collectif Formation Société CFS ASBL (Belgium) and POUR LA SOLIDARITÉ.

This project is funded by the European ERASMUS + Programme.


Comité économique et social européen (CESE) / European economic and social committee (EESC)
Rue Van Maerlant 2 (room VMA3)


Sanjin Plakalo