Networked Elderly Caregiver online course


Due to demographic changes, social care institutions face great difficulty in providing appropriate institutional services for the increasing number of elderly people. At the same time, there is a growing demand for supporting elderly people in their own homes for as long as possible, promoting active independent living and well-being. More ICT based tele-care systems are being developed to accommodate the demand but there is a general lack of competence for using them effectively, which is a barrier to their widespread adoption. There are a number of contributing problems:

  • there is no appropriate learning content in the vocational training programmes for health and social care to inform students of changes in population age profiles and care needs;
  • in ageing societies, it is important to consider keeping older people at work for economic sustainability but businesses are not prepared for this;
  • health and social care vocational training programs do not cover ICT based tele-care systems, and modules for developing advanced digital competencies for managing eHealth systems are limited;
  • vocational and higher education curricula do not contain necessary information on the potential of virtual networks in social care and do not develop necessary ICT skills needed for establishing and facilitating virtual communities, despite their potential to prevent mental and physical deterioration of ageing persons living alone.


This competence-based, modular training programme was designed for formal and informal caregivers in order to empower them with advanced health literacy and tailored digital competencies, with special ICT skills in using eHealth technologies like smart devices, social alarms, wristbands, and special tele-diagnostic tools installed in the home.

Online Course

Target Groups:

  • students of vocational education
  • formal caregivers, care workers
  • informal caregivers involved in the long-term-care of their relatives
  • „young” elderly people retired from related professions (e.g. teachers), who are interested in working as informal caregivers in online communities.


Module 1: Digital skills for caregivers

Module 2: Active and healthy ageing

Module 3: Assistive technologies

Module 4: Virtual communities 

Assignments and performance criteria

The tasks the participants are expected to fulfil within the course are used to calculate the global performance level of the participant:

1. Activity in online collaboration and in the discussion Forums related to the modules.

2. One credited Assignment for each module

3. Online Test - after completing all the modules

Assessment methods

The activities and the result of the online test will be evaluated by the tutor. Threshold for success: 75%

Course information

The 1st online course will start in September in the partner countries in English, French and Hungarian on the eLearning platform of:

Further information: