ICT4Life and Eurocarers, the European Association Working for Carers, have started a new collaboration in view of their common interest and concern towards Europe’s demographic challenges and the growing incidence of age-related diseases.
ICT4Life and Eurocarers have then formalised a recognition of interest in the activities carried out in the field of eHealth and integration of care, including future project results as well as the continuous work done by the organisation to make the voice of carers heard.
Eurocarers brings together carers’ organisations as well as relevant research & development organisations – a unique combination that enables evidence-based advocacy. Its network works to ensure that care is valued and unpaid care is recognised as central to the sustainability of health and long term care systems. Eurocarers believes that carers’ know-how and needs are worth listening to and people should have the right to choose freely whether they want to be a carer, and to what extent they want to be involved in caring.
Therefore, Eurocarers acts as a voice for informal carers, irrespective of their age or the particular health need of the person they are caring for by:
- Documenting and raising awareness about the significant contribution made by carers to health and social care systems and the economy as a whole, and of the need to safeguard this contribution;
- Ensuring that EU and national policies take account of carers, i.e. promote their social inclusion, the development of support services, enable them to remain active in paid employment and maintain a social life.
To know more about the organisation and its European-wide network visit the website.