Online Training in Dementia Care

The European STAR project will provide anyone caring for persons with dementia – or aiming to be employed to do so – with online training to better understand the disease and how to provide better care.

STAR Training will create an educational platform with associated methodology and content for improving the skills of carers for People with Dementia. The content will be based on leading dementia expertise and will be distributed in a three-layer online community structure. In particular, new technology-based interventions for monitoring and supporting will be covered by the educational modules. Internet and TV-based distribution will be supported. This will enable skilling and re-skilling for appropriate professional care for persons with mild dementia, even when still living in their homes and with their family.

STAR started in December 2010 and will complete in November 2013.

Training pilots in UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Italy will begin in September 2012.

Products & Services

  • European portal with a community of dementia experts
  • National online communities for carers
  • Learning paths
  • Case videos & online tools
  • Course materials
  • Interactive exercises

STAR will create a European portal with a community of dementia experts, that supports innovative national online communities for carers. This way, STAR will provide a greater cohesion and access to dementia care training material across Europe, improving European mobility of dementia care workers.

Target group

STAR addresses persons that are willing to improve their skills in caring for persons with dementia, but are lacking access to such training today:

  • carers with no formal skills employed by families to care for people with dementia in their homes.
  • families themselves that need easily accessible training in dementia care
  • dementia care staff in need of more training programmes, in some countries
  • non-care staff and volunteers in home care and in residential homes that lack specific training
  • new and temporary staff that cannot get training when they start caring for people with dementia
  • immigrant workers in dementia care that have difficulty in finding information and training about dementia care in their primary language

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