AGE member involvement as Independent Expert in EU project FrailSafe
After 40 years of involvement in the care of older persons as practitioner and academic, Ingrid Eyers, from AGE member organisation EAHSA (the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing), is now caring for her mother and mother-in-law, both in their early 90’ies. Her experience as professional and informal carer gives her a comprehensive and practical insight of the reality and challenges encountered when caring for older dependents.
In an interview for the FrailSafe project - in which AGE is involved - Ms Eyers insists on the important role played by technology in the change process that is now taking place in the care sector and on the need to directly involve health and social care professionals in those future developments. Yet, she adds, ‘a number of key issues need to be fully addressed in both policy and practice to ensure the fine balance between the requisite exchange of information amongst professionals and data protection, privacy and dignity of the individual older person is maintained’. She furthermore hopes that the FrailSafe project will inform future developments in health and social care across Europe, pointing out that 'knowledge transfer is the FrailSafe project’s next greatest challenge'.