ELSA is a Multilateral Project funded by the European Commission, which addresses the learning needs of professional caregivers working in residential and home care services (nursing homes, assisted living centers, adult care centers, home services, and the like) and of relatives caring for frail older people living at home or in residential care.
The main aim of ELSA project is to create videos, slides, texts which can give support and information to those (professionals and relatives) caring for frail elderly people.
This is a multilingual website, collecting the videos and texts produced in the various countries, interfaced with Facebook and YouTube for creating social networks, open to professionals and relatives.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein
ELSA Final event held in Genoa, Italy
Saturday 26 November 2011 from 10 am to 5pm, in the prestigious venue of Palazzo Ducale, Elsa partners presented the project results to the public.
Videos and photos of the day were uploaded in real time on the partners Facebook pages.
Translation of an interview to Rita Bencivenga published on Wired
... "What tools can we use to “pass on knowledge and understanding”?
The most recent example is the project we’ve been working on the past few months. “ELSA Empowering Lives, Supporting Affectivity” is co-funded by the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), sub-programme KA3 ICT. We’ve produced short videos and pdf documents with the experiences of professional caregivers and relatives caring for frail elderly people, including people with Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia.
“We’d promised we’d never put her in a care home.” “I was told I’d only be working as a caregiver during the day, but it’s not true. I can’t go on anymore. I need to sleep for a few nights otherwise I’ll go crazy.” “If Sister tells me to walk Mrs. Rossi around again, I’m going to the Director. It’s not my job to do it.” “It’s strange. Even though we don’t understand each other anymore, we laugh a lot. She was never a happy woman, but now everything’s different.” “Even though I’m tired and worried, being with him gives me a sense of peace.” “The new lady reminds me of my grandmother. I’d like to go and hug her but the Director says we must keep our distance from guests.”
We are now well past the half-way stage in the life of the ELSA project, and this seems like a great time to pause and reflect on what we have learned so far. This can help us to build on and use these experiences without delay, and develop some priorities for action during the next phase of the project. We have now created and published short videos, photos, audio and written accounts from professionals and family caregivers, showing different aspects in different countries.
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