The TEC-MED project is organizing an international training in the social health model for elderly
The TEC-MED project eldercare workforce lacks the hastily aging population with mental and physical health needs that will necessitate more human capital than are currently accessible. In addition, current and future workforce gaps prevent access to the skills training needed to work effectively with this rising demographic. The TEC-MED project responds to this imminent need by investing in the development of the elderly workforce to support the elderly during all phases of the aging process.
The TEC-MED model is an innovative approach to social and health care delivery for the elderly with chronic conditions and or at risk of social exclusion based on the capacity building of seniors, families, and communities.
In order to pilot the TEC-MED model, an online platform was developed to serve as a tool to implement the social care model among elderlies, and a group of professionals; the training agents working with elderlies and their caregivers in public and private practice.
In parallel, each country has prepared an action plan for the implementation of the model and a capacity building plan addressing the needs in terms of capacity building and training for the implementation of the model.
Each country will hire training agents. This will be an opportunity to develop new professional careers for these training agents. The training agents will be expected to follow 2 main pieces of training:
An international Cross border staff exchange and joint training among Training Agents allow the exchange of experiences and best practices. This training will be provided by Lider Beneficiary in collaboration with the partner from Lebanon, the Institute for Development, Research, Advocacy & Applied Care (IDRAAC), to explain the TEC-MED model and the action plans for its operationalization and implementation. This training will also focus on the technical functions related to the platform, procedures manuals, and indicators to be addressed. The Training sessions will be organized in English as online training workshops and courses. Guidelines and procedures for training and care manuals produced in English will be translated into countries’ languages and distributed to the trainees to serve as a reference for future use. This training will also serve as a training of trainers as the training agents are expected to become trainers themselves.
Local training in geriatric based on the international training module will go into details about the methodology to be followed in the local communities for data collection and procedures manuals. Theoretical and practical training from an experienced health and social care workers will be provided. A wide range of themes and techniques of training closely related to the capacity-building plans of Tunisian country will be arranged as online and face-to-face courses and workshops. All these trainings will take into account the domains of community capacity building identified in line with the dimensions of the TEC-MED care model.
Training is an important resource to prepare for the influx of this aging older adult population. The TEC-MED model provides critical training that will help employers retain their workforce while improving the skills of professionals, seniors, and family caregivers. Capacity building in geriatric is an effective way to achieve well-coordinated social and health care for elderlies in order to enhance the ability of seniors, family, caregivers, and communities to manage health conditions and adhere to treatment plans. Certainly, elders should be accompanied by sustained and improved health, improving quality of life, and sufficient social and economic resources.