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CAREGIVERS Forum (AIDANTS Forum)

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Summary

The AIDANTS Forum is part of the Agevillage.com website. Agevillage.com is an online magazine that supplies information, support, training and advice to older people, their families and their friends. Eternis SA has edited Agevillage.com and Agevillagepro.com for 10 years, in addition to editing the Aidants forum.

The service uses a multidisciplinary approach involving different kinds of professionals, such as geriatricians and lawyers, who volunteer their time and involves public health, social organisations and the third sector.

A personal computer, connected to the internet, is the only required device. Access to the forum and related support services is free, only requiring registration. Presently, the service has reached more than 1,400 people.

Even if the initiative does not have an impact assessment, it seems to have a positive impact on the quality of life of carers, as it allows experience to be shared and offers training. At the meso level, companies can indirectly benefit from this kind of service, because it allows work and care to be reconciled. At macro level, it can avoid depression among carers and improves the quality of care reducing the number of hospitalizations, with a positive effect on the National Health System (NHS).

Description
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CAREGIVERS Forum (AIDANTS Forum)
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France
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01-12-2006
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The AIDANTS (Carers) forum is another approach of Agevillage.com to help families when an older person loses his/her autonomy.

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The forum, which is open to everyone, was created to address a wide range of ageing issues, including the burnout risk of carers. The initiative was created to support family members with daily caring activities by providing information and allowing to them share their experience.

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No Care Recipients
Yes Informal carers
No Paid assistants
No Formal carers

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Not available

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No Independent Living
Yes Information and learning for carers
Yes Personal Support and Social Integration for carer
No Care coordination

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Trainings, group support and a forum for carers.

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A personal computer PC connected to the internet.

Operational Information
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Private only
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Not applicable

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Non-profit funding: charity, volunteers organisations, NGO
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Not available

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The likelihood of future funding is quite high: it is based on the fund raising activities.

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€ 0 - 10,000
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€ 0 - 10,000
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No Authorities
No Private Care Sector
Yes Health and Social Care Systems
Yes Third Sector
No Private Companies

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Not available

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The initiative is carried out by a charity that performs fund raising and disseminates the service.
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No Informal Carers
Yes Health Professionals
Yes Social Care Professionals
No Privately-Hired Care Assistants (inc. Migrant Care Workers)
No Volunteers

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The service is run by a network of experts, comprised of gerontologists, geriatricians, and lawyers, who answer specific questions regarding older people who have become dependent.

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Various professionals volunteer their time by animating discussion in the forum.

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1,001 - 5,000
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Not available

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The main promotional channel is the website but a DVD, entitled "Aidants-Humanitude", was created September 2011 for the wider public distribution.

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Strengths

  1. The service provides thematic forums differentiated according with the care recipient’s disease and the problems the carer has to face. Carers can share their experience with others facing similar difficulties to find a fruitful approach.

Weaknesses

  1. The lack of an English web page could be an obstacle for those who find the service interesting and want to repeat it in other contexts.
  2. The lack of attention to migrant care workers who do not speak French.
  3. The lack of an impact assessment.

Opportunities

  1. Expanding and transferring the initiative to other French speaking areas.

Challenges

  1. Disseminating the existence of the forum.
  2. Encouraging carers to participate in the forum and to share their experiences online.

 

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The initiative, which is not expensive, could potentially be expanded to other French speaking countries, but as of now, this has not been planned.

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Florence Lasnon , Responsible IGM France

Telephone: 0033 01 42 46 65 00

E-mail: florencelasnon@igm-formation.net

KhadijjaKribeche
E-mail: khadija.khribeche @agevillage.com

Telephone: 0033 01 42 46 65 00