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Interior of a School Building
Interior of a School Building

This module aims to  empower the professionals’ knowledge and competencies regarding to already exist institutional and services support for the people in need.


Smithsonian Institution Building Landscape
Smithsonian Institution Building Landscape

Professional carers need to be supported in their central role of having an advanced and detailed knowledge on existing support via institution and on-line support, having knowledge about what way the needed support could be obtained, on procedures of getting institutional support and on advantages of getting institutional support. The aim of the activity is to:

identify institutional support available for caregivers at local, regional and national level, develop and provide to caregiver's a list of necessary documents/forms for getting support, prepare the list of possible ways of contacting the institutions depending on the need of the carer.


Title of activity: Institutional support? Check!

Research shows that quite often informal family caregivers do not know about available supports for them but also for cared persons.

Hence, the biggest barrier with using support is mainly lack of knowledge that such support has already existed and is available. During this learning unit trainers are going to list possible and adequate institutional supporting options for caregivers and then group them by type of support.

Trainers are going to prepare short checklist what kind of documents/forms, etc are needed to get support and how the carers can learn/find out about them and in what way.


Step 1.

Divide the individuals in four teams (the number of teams is depend on types of support available in the local, regional and national context). Every team will be responsible for different type of support, for example in Poland it will be:

1.         Respite Care

a.         In-home respite

b.         Centre-based day respite

c.         Overnight or weekend respite

d.         Community access respite

e.         Residential respite care

2.         Financial Support

a.         Permanent benefits for caregivers

b.         Other benefits for caregiver

c.         Funding for equipment

d.         Co-financing for apartment adaptation

e.         Other

3.         Emotional Support

a.         Formal support groups for caregivers

b.         Informal support groups of caregivers

c.         Psychological support (specializes in caring issue)

4.         Medical Support

a.         Public medical clinics

b.         Private medical clinics

c.         Casualty department

d.         Geriatricians

e.         Medical social worker

f.          Courses of first aid

g.         Other

Step 2.  Each participant has access to a computer and the Internet and table template. Besides of that we invite the expert for the meeting to talk, to explain if and how the support could be offered depending on the situation.

Ask from the teams to find as many available information as possible in regard to the type of support their team expects.

Every team has to fill the Table template.

Step 3.

Each of the team presents their findings in front of the other members. The other teams can evaluate, comment, ask for further information,  and (if they have a knowledge) indicate other possibility of support. After the discussion ask participants to complete the table on  additional information they got.

Duration of activity: 1,5 hour

Materials: access to the computer with internet, table template



The purpose of this module is to support the trainers to share knowledge about the institutional support with beneficiaries, to evaluate the information gathered , and as well to gain an advanced knowledge on procedures of getting institutional support.


Learning Outcomes

  • This will help professionals to enhance and empower their competencies regarding the supporting and the assisting services provided to people in need.

Knowledge acquired

  • This will help professionals to have knowledge about ways in what way the needed support could be obtained, on procedures of getting institutional support and on advantages of getting institutional support

Skills acquired

  • This will help professionals to identify and eliminate problems or gaps in care by proposing the best options of institutional support, develop and apply basic techniques of using institutional support

Competences acquired

  • Professionals will be able to demonstrate competencies through using support, update knowledge about support and learn how to collaborate with others in receiving support