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JFSF Vol 4, No 2, June 2019, p.45-50

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-04-045


Research Protocol

Education Program for Carers in Facilities with Neuro Disabled Subjects EPoCFiNDS

Yannis Dionyssiotis2, Eleftheria Vellidou1, Stathis Th. Konstantinidis3, Pavlos Sarafis7, Sofia Artemi2, Katerina Stergiopoulou2, Anne Mette Vind4, Niculina Birsanu5, Sophie Duport6, Dimitrios Koutsouris2, and EPoCFiNDS Consensus attendants group*
* Ioanna Iliadi, Marilena Tarousi, Michalis Sarafidis, Mariana Gabriela Radu, Marie Hvidt, Jetti Vendelbo

  1. National and Technical University of Athens, Greece
  2. Foundation for Care of Neurological Illnesses, Greece
  3. University of Nottingham, UK
  4. Social and Health School Herning, Denmark
  5. Asociatia Habilitas Bucharest, Romania
  6. Royal Hospital of Neurodisability London, UK
  7. Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Keywords: Carers, Aging, Neurodisability, Rehabilitation, Care


The prevalence of chronic illness and the disabilities they cause are strongly associated with age. According to the United Nations, in most countries around the world, 8-10% of the population has some form of disability. Carers are helping subjects who have severe or profound core activity limitations in the community and hospice facilities. The skills acquired by carers in their caring role are relevant to the competencies required for occupations and qualifications in community, aged care, health, youth, housing and disability support services. With the aging population the number of subjects with neurological lesions living in hospices and long-term care facilities is increased. It makes a strong case to educate carers to help these subjects. There is a lack of evidence on how to design and implement mechanisms such as foundation skills courses and programs to best meet the needs of carers. The goal of Education Program for Carers in Facilities with Neuro Disabled Subjects (EPoCFiNDS), is to create training programs for carers in neurodisabled subjects living in various facilities. In Europe we need to develop educational programs, aimed at volunteers, relatives or any other group of people so that they better organize benefits care for neurodisabled subjects.