Training has been identified as one of the primary supports of practical benefit to carers and varied programmes have been rolled out locally and nationally. The Caring for Carers Caring in the Home training programme has been one of the most significant developments undertaken by the national organization in recent years. The Care of the Older Person training programme is accredited by FETAC, the statutory awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. 3,400 family carers were successfully accredited from within the national network of Carer Groups 2009/2011.

Caring in the Home

Caring in the Home is a 13 week programme for family carers. A unique programme developed by Caring for Carers, it brings together formal service providers and family carers to build relationships, raise carer awareness and to promote partnership working.

This programme aims:

  • To provide information and skills training to promote the delivery of safe care in the home.
  • To empower family carers to manage their health and well-being.
  • To promote access to health and social care services, benefits and entitlements and carer support programmes.

Modules include: Health promotion, Nutrition, Exercise, Medication management, Safety in the home, Prevention of Elder Abuse etc.,

Care of the Older Person – FETAC Level 5

This programme is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to provide care for older people in a variety of settings.

Modules include The ageing process and its impact on the older person, Caring for an Older Person with Specific Needs, services available, physical, emotional and social needs of the older person, role of the family carer or healthcare assistant, communication and personal effectiveness skills.

Computer Training

Caring for Carers Ireland offer ‘basic IT training’ in various locations around the country which is funded under the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Benefit 4 Scheme. The scheme provides for 8 hrs training over 4 sessions. Certificates will be issued on completion of this training. These courses are available throughout Ireland and are organised at local Caring for Carers offices and through local carers groups. Please contact Pat Shannon at the National Office on 0656866515 or email him at for more information.