In an inclusive society, mainstream and community based services support all citizens, disabled or not. The transition toward an inclusive society forces ser-vice providers from different fields to collaborate and learn from each other. Services for the elderly, need to learn how to care for and support ageing people, also when they are disabled: staff needs to acquire new, additional skills related to the needs of the disabled. At the same time, services for the disa-bled need to acquire skills in order to create oppor-tunities for the disabled elderly to age at the place of their choice for as long as they wish and are able to. These services need to acquire new skills, related to ‘ageing’. Both fields can learn from each other; doing so they improve the level of key competences necessary for inclusive support.
This project aims to evaluate actual practices, elabo-rated by the partner organizations, related to the support needs of the elderly and their Quality of Li-fe, the vocational needs of the staff in the context of the transition that is going on, the degree these practices enhance the professional attitudes and competences, and the degree they are part of an inclusive policy. Evaluation of these “good practices” will result in recommendations for organizational HR-policy-makers and those who are responsable for VET and curriculum development. Focus is on formal as well as on informal care.
Core activities are international meetings and mee-tings of a local expert group established in each country. This local expert group elaborates the ‘lessons learned’ of the international meetings and formulates the recommendations. They ensure the national dissemination of the results, while the mee-tings of the ENSA network are the main vehicule for dissemination on the European level.