The European countries are getting more and more multicultural and the aim of this project is to strengthen the employees in the eldercare sector managing value systems based on different cultural background both in their inter collegial communication and teamwork but also to strengthen the communication skills of the nursing staff communicating with their clients.
In the care sector these three challenges are observed for the coming decades:
1. More employees with different cultural background
2. Elderly in need of professional care will have a huge diversity of cultural backgrounds
3. The existing teaching methods are not efficient, when taking future demands into account
The trend is that in recent years, there has been a lack of trained manpower in the field, and in spite of the economic crisis prevailing in Europe, there will continue to be shortage of care workers. One way of handling this shortage has been educating more nursing staff with other ethnic background.
It is especially important to understand cultural differences when working with care, both in the relationship between colleagues and in relation to the clients. This because of the very nature of the nursing and care task, where nursing staff gets very close to the people in need of care by breaking down their personal barriers and entering the clients intimate sphere.
Preparations for the MultiCultinCare project:
Before the project starts the educational institutions and the care organisations in each country will meet and clarify how the cooperation and communication at national level will take place.
These meetings will at the same time serve the purpose of the partners getting more knowledge about each other and a clearer picture of what the training provider on one side and the employer on the other see as the biggest challenges related to multiculturality specifically in each country. They will also agree on, how the communication at national level will take place. Each national "partnership" (educational institution + care institutions) will prepare a small report to be sent to the other partner before the kick off. This will ensure that the partners will be well prepared for the kick off of the project and it will form a good basis for a successful project implementation.