Innovative education and support concepts for people with complex care needs in outpatient care

The majority of people in need of care (around 2.65 million people) are cared for by family members at home. The stresses to which family caregivers are exposed are very diverse. For example, around a quarter of caregiver households state that they feel a great deal of strain, both temporally and psychologically, as a result of providing care, while other caregivers state that they suffer above all from a lack of sleep and are barely able to maintain social contacts. In addition, one in five family caregivers stated that they suffer from existential fears and fear of the future. In combination with the already high physical and psychological stress, it is not surprising that a not inconsiderable proportion of family caregivers are unable to cope with this situation in the long term. Living and care situations with a high need for care are particularly stressful. These complex care needs include, among others, the care of people with dementia, apoplexia, Parkinson's disease or those on home ventilation.

The aim of the project is therefore to use a participatory approach to develop and evaluate innovative digital and target-group-specific concepts for education and support options for complex care situations in outpatient care. This is to be implemented by integrating knowledge elements into a low-threshold accessible website with an e-learning/blended learning platform, which will be supported by already existing personal counselling and educational elements. The primary target group will be family caregivers, whereby the content to be developed will be designed in such a way that it can also be used for the (further) training of professional caregivers.

  • Project duration -
  • Research theme Society, Health, Sustainability
  • Research Institute Care & Technology Lab

Projects partners

  • Furtwangen University, Care & Technology lab
  • Evangelische Altenhilfe St. Georgen
  • Sozialstation Mittlerer Breisgau gGmbH
  • Bisinger Copia Med GmbH


The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Integration as part of the digital@bwII funding programme.

[Translate to English:] Komplexe Pflege (I32685-1)
[Translate to English:] Komplexe Pflege (I32685-2)

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