In the Municipality of Dvor, we are implementing the “Home sweet home” project. The project is funded by the European Social Fund through Programe for Employment of Women Zaželi and co-funded from the Croatian state budget. 7 women from the municipality completed training for the caregiver of the elderly and infirm through the project.
The project is designed to improve living conditions in this rural area, for which statistics indicate the highest at-risk-of-poverty rate in Croatia and a low employment rate. Women are at particular risk of poverty and unemployment, and poor education, low number of potential employers, poor transport connections and lack of adequate public transport hinder their employability in the local community.
In order to contribute to increasing the employability of women in this rural area and reducing the effects of long-term unemployment (such as a decline in competences, motivation, and work capacities), the project “Home sweet home” is aimed at developing work capacities, acquiring competitive competencies and continuously empowering women in providing social services to the elderly and infirm. In line with that goal, seven RCT employees in Dvor started training for carers.
Training for the caregiver of the elderly and infirm attended 7 women from the Dvor Municipality from September to December 2019. The training was organized in Vocational School, Kotva in Sisak during the weekend, to the elderly and infirm on which women take care as a part of the project “Home sweet home” would not be deprived of regular visits. During the training, participants gained practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to perform duties of caregivers of elderly and disabled people in health care, skills of providing basic care and assistance services, control and monitoring, and detection of changes in the elderly. Also, they gained knowledge and skills to help carry out the hygiene, dressing, feeding, and movement of the elderly and infirm.
The participants showed a high level of motivation and interest in participating in the training program. They completed the program successfully despite all the family obligations and demanding work they do in the homes of users. Despite the lack of adequate public transport, participants organized and traveled to Sisak on weekends, regularly studying and passing exams. Their efforts paid off since they received their caregiver degree in early January 2020. Acquisition of competence and graduation diploma for a caregiver will, in the long-term (as we sincerely hope), increase their chances of permanent employment.
Knowing the quality of the services they provide to their users and the positive changes they have brought to their lives, greater employment opportunities for these caregivers in the future will surely positively influence the quality of life of their future users in the local community.