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  • Classes Start
  • dec 20 2018
  • Classes End
  • feb 10 2019
  • Estimated Effort
  • 1 h/week
  • Language
  • English

About this course

This course is entended for anyone engaged in a care relationship with older people in disability or dependency situations, whether formal or informal caregivers. This module is part of Care Campus, a unique partner ship of academic institutions companies cities and governemental agencies that aim to improve the quality of care of older citizens in Europe. This is a 4 modules self paced interactive course. The general goal of this module is to enable caregivers to continue carying out their carers role, by taking care of themselves and of the relationship. This course provide knowledge on the carer’s role and the care relationship, their potential impact on wellbeing, quality of life but also physical and mental health. It delivers key informations on the way to recognize and prevent stress, but also to reduce the risk of exhaustion and social isolation. Counselling is provided on time management and life-balance, as well as on finding help and support in your health care system.

At the end of this course you will be able to :

  • Recognize the caracteristics of the carerelationship and the carer’s role
  • Understand the potential consequences of this role on health and well being
  • Reflect on strategies to prevent stress and exhaustion, and to better assume this role in preserving your filfe balance
  • Find professional help in your own health care system and to build your own resource pack in order to maintain your role


Our course is set up over 4 disctincts sections, one every two weeks, with a total length of 8 weeks. It will take you between 1h00 and 2h00 to complete each section. It is an interactive course in which you can be asked about your exeprience, in an anonymous way. You can follow it at your own pace. Each section includes audio or video link which will take you through the key elements of each section. The course presents experts interviews but also caregiver’s of many countries testimonies. The script of the entire course is also avalaible, module by module. A reflective activity invites you to think about your own situation. Each section has a number of study activities, which allow you to test your knowledge but also to reflect on what you have discovered in each section. Interactive activities are proposed


This course is deliverer in English. Students may be comfortable in English language. Next year, the course will be available in many europeans languages, including French.

Meet the instructors

Dr Hélène Villars

Is a physician, geriatrician, at the Geriatric Department of the Toulouse University Hospital . She earned an MD degree in Geriatrics from Toulouse University and is currently finishing is PhD in Public Health on non pharmacological intervention such as educational intervention adressed to the dyad (patient/caregivers) in Alzheimer’s disease. She is a member of the French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the subgroup « therapeutic patient education ».In her daily clinical activity at the Toulouse University hospital. Dr. Villars is the head of a day care hospital.

Dr Philippe Girard MD

Is a medical doctor, geriatrician at the Toulouse University Hospital. He is French canadian bilingual. He owns a degree in Therapeutic Patient Education from Toulouse University. In his daily clinical activity he is working in an acute care unti and a day care hospital.

Pr Fati Nourhashemi

Is Professor of Geriatric Medicine, MD PhD. She is head of the Geriatric Department of the Toulouse University Hospital. She has a research expertise in the field of observational studies in Alzheimer’s disease, in frailty and aging in general. She is a member of the French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology..She is a researcher in the Aging team of UMR1027, Inserm-University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III joint research unit. She is in charge of all the teaching activities in the Geriatric Departement of the Toulouse University Hospital

Pr Michel Clanet

Is a Professor of Neurology MD, PhD. He is currently President of the Neurodegenerative Diseases National Plan 2014-2019. His main clinical and research interest are in Multiple Sclerosis and inflammatory demyelinating diseases. He is a member of European Neurological Society (ENS) European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) European Academy of Neurology National Societies membership . He was president of the French Society of Neurology.

Ms Sylvia Nissim

Is the Grants Officer/Office Manager for the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council (KCSC). KCSC is a local charity based in West London working to strengthen local voluntary and community organisations. KCSC has partnered with Imperial College and Carers Network, a local carers organisation, to create a Steering group composed of key stakeholders including carers and patients to inform and feedback on the building of the Care Campus project with a particular interest in the Care for Carers module.

Dr Elizabeth Muir

Is a doctor who has been a family practitioner for the NHS in England for many years. She served on the Working Group of the Royal College of General Practitioners to develop and, subsequently lead, the Supporting Carers programme.In recent years Dr Muir has been a member of the RCGP’s Health Inequalities group. Her teaching role at Imperial College London involves working with the undergraduate medical students to help them prepare for their careers as doctors. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Care in the School of Public Health. Dr Muir describes all the aspects of her work as inspired by the experiences of her patients and the desire to improve the care that they receive.

Dr Antoine Piau

Is a physician, geriatrician, at the Toulouse University Hospital, in a post emergency unit. He earns a MD degree in Geriatrics and PhD from University of Toulouse on Gerontotechnology. He is co-leading the working group of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society on Technologies aiming at classifing gerontechnologies, understanding the needs for the users and the acceptability.

Pr Maria Soto Martin

Is Professor of Geriatric Medecine, MD , PhD at the Toulouse University Hospital. She is head of an acute specialised care unit for cognitively impaired persons. Her file of research and expertise is the pharmacological and non pharmacological management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. She earns a PhD in Public Health, and is currently in charge of teaching medical students by e-learning and serious games. She is a member of the French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology

Developpement support

The University Toulouse III — Paul Sabatier. « Université Fédérale de Midi-Pyréenées »
Mission Formation Continue et Apprentissage — CATI FTLV

Course outline

  • Module 1 : Being a carer

    Provides learners key notions on the carer’s role and the main aspects of the relationship.

  • Module 2 : The impact of caring

    Provides learners basic knowledge on the potential imapct of the carer’s role on health, quality of life, well being but also physical and mental health.
    Provides learners key notions on stress, exhaustion and depression

  • Module 3 : Coping and time management
  • Provides learners tips on time management and prevention personal life balance.
    Delivers basic knowledge on stress prevention, one coping strategies in case of stress and fatigue.
    Providers learners counselling on crisis situations management.

  • Module 4 : Finding help
  • Provides learners informations on professional support (general practionner, other health care professionals, social workers, family associations etc).
    Provides learners information on the organisation of health care systems, rights and concerns of the caregiver (European wide, country base and local rights).
    Provides learners basic Knowledge on the place of Information and communication technologies in care and in carer’s help and support.
    Envisage the change in the carer’s role trough years, and in end of life.

Assessment activities

In each course section there will be self assessment questions related to the content of the video lectures and supplementary material. Correct answers and an explanation will be provided only after you have submitted your own answers.

You can obtain a certificate of attendance. If you answer at least 70% of the questions correctly, then you will also have a PASS grade.

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