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New project SEE ME: To see the older person behind the client


14 maart 2022


See Me is a funded Erasmus+ KA2 program in which an international, multidisciplinary consortium combines their knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of care and inclusion of older people. The consortium focuses on carers, educators/trainers of caregivers and older adults. The project does not start from a blank sheet of paper, but starts from the competences that are already present in the target group. Halfway in this project, they present to you the website and an overview of the project. 


The population in Europe is ageing, and projections predict an increase in care needs. This creates two major challenges for society. First, older adults with care needs are susceptible to social exclusion. This is, in particular true for older adults with a migration background or in poor financial situations. Second, the focus in professional care is on the medical and physical aspects of care, from a deficit-approach, looking at what older adults cannot do anymore. Although older people may indeed have a need for this care, many caregivers are convinced that an innovative paradigm-shift is needed towards a positive approach and caring for social and meaning needs. In this positive approach, we must look at the dreams and the talents of older adults despite their need for care.


The specific aim of See Me is to offer older people, including those with a migrant background or who are in a difficult financial situation, quality care and to increase their social inclusion by promoting meaningful ageing. We focus on all care providers: volunteers, informal and formal caregivers and trainers of carers. 

Meaningful ageing

The project wants to promote meaningful ageing by challenging the stereotypes of older adults and training people to see the talents and strengths of the oldest citizens. Competencies of caregivers should be innovated to "SEE older adults": 


  • SEE the older adult behind the client,
  • SEE care as something more than physical and medical care, and SEE social and meaningful care,
  • SEE the positive talents and dreams of older adults, not only their needs.  

Transnational training toolkit

The goal is to develop a transnational training toolkit. This will be developed, implemented, tested, evaluated and adapted during the project in the 6 associated partners, both in residential and the community project. The partners of the project are: 


  • The University of Humanistic Studies
  • The Foundation of Active Ageing
  • The Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • The University of Molise
  • The Matia Gerontological Institute 
  • BBB Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung


For more information see the website: https://see-me-project.eu/

Questions?

Mail prof Anja Machielse, a.machielse@uvh.nl

See Me is a funded Erasmus+ KA2 program in which an international, multidisciplinary consortium combines their knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of care and inclusion of older people. The consortium focuses on carers, educators/trainers of caregivers and older adults. The project does not start from a blank sheet of paper, but starts from the competences that are already present in the target group. Halfway in this project, they present to you the website and an overview of the project.