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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 at home by family caregivers. The stresses to which family caregivers are exposed are very diverse. Around a quarter of caregiving households, for example, state that they feel very stressed both mentally and in terms of time, while other family caregivers state that they suffer from a lack of sleep in particular and are barely able to maintain social contacts. In addition, one in five family caregivers stated that they suffered from existential fears and fears for the future. In combination with the already high physical and psychological strain, it is not surprising that a not inconsiderable proportion of family carers are unable to cope with this situation in the long term. Living and care situations with high care needs are particularly stressful. These complex care needs include caring for people with dementia, apoplexy, Parkinson's disease or people who are ventilated at home.

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 homepage with an e-learning/blended learning platform, which is to be supported by existing personal advisory and educational elements. The target group is primarily family caregivers, whereby the content to be developed is designed in such a way that it can also be used for the (further) training of professional caregivers.

  • Complex care needs stressful for caregivers The psychological and physical strain of providing complex care in the home is difficult for caregivers to cope with in the long term.
  • Innovative options for complex care situations Using a participatory approach, innovative digital and target-group-specific concepts for education and support are being developed and evaluated.
  • Website and platform to support caregivers Knowledge elements will be integrated into a low-threshold accessible website with a blended/e-learning platform for caregivers, which can also be used for professional training.

Project 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.

  • Complex care (I59)