Cuidopa joins in the commemoration of Caregivers Day, completing the training of the first class of professional caregivers through the Cuidopa scholarships. On Caregiver’s Day 2019, Cuidopa began his scholarship program for 71 people in vulnerable situations to obtain the Certificate of Professionalism in Social and Health Care for Dependents.
According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), in Spain there are three million households with a dependent who need care, and three in ten people over 65 have some degree of cognitive impairment, nearly half of whom have problems. mobility.
Particular attention was paid during the pandemic and the health crisis worsened the growing demand for social and health services, for which qualified personnel are needed. IMSERSO estimates that in Spain there are more than two million family caregivers and some 140,000 professionals (farmer growers and SAD assistants).
Need for professionalization
In this context, the Johnson & Johnson group of companies in Spain created the Cuidopa social responsibility program, framed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), to help promote the Society of Care training , advice and visibility. Thus, through the Cuidopa grants, it intends to support the professionalization of care and thus contribute to improving the health of people who suffer from an illness, have a handicap or are dependent.
The 71 people who have received scholarships so far selected by the Tomillo Foundation were in a vulnerable situation and did not have the necessary resources to access the certificate of professionalism required to work in residences and day centers. Thus, they carried out this training in a complex context, aggravated by the pandemic, which shows their interest, their effort and their vocation.
“We want to make training accessible to caregivers from vulnerable contexts to professionalize their figure, promote their employment in a sector with a high growth rate and thus improve the lives of people who need care and are dependent on them,” says Ramn Frexes, Director of Institutional Relations at Janssen and CSR at Johnson and Johnson.
“Many women have been informal caregivers throughout their lives and need to acquire the technical knowledge necessary to carry out their jobs in a professional manner. The official qualification will allow them to improve their professional expectations and therefore improve the quality of life of dependents and professionals in the socio-health field ”, underlines Marta Martnez Snchez, director of the Training and Employment division of the Tomillo Foundation.
Become a caregiver during a pandemic
Completing the training to become a professional in the care sector was not easy for those who obtained a Cuidopa scholarship. Once the obstacle of the economic cost of training, and which is covered by the scholarship, has been overcome, in many cases, they face other additional difficulties such as combining courses with other jobs, regain the habit of studying or have the technological means necessary for an online training.
Ana Mara, one of the scholarship recipients, lives in a house she shares with another family. In his room, he has created his study space and has a computer that allows him to follow the training.
“It was complicated because everything was new. He was studying, but he was also learning specific techniques. But it encouraged me to learn what it takes to take good care of a person, ”says Ana Mara.
Ana Mara and Gloria are two of the first batch of Cuidopa scholarships students. Both were about to begin their internship when the pandemic began and they did not hesitate to respond to the call made by people with social and health training during the crisis.
“When the pandemic started, the government called on those who were studying professionally in the health sector to join the work in centers, in hospitals, in residential centers. They called me to see if I was interested in starting work or doing the internships I was missing. And I haven’t thought twice. The truth is, I have never been afraid of COVID. I have been with the PPE entering the COVID zone, ”says Gloria.
Mara Jos Perrote, head of the Cuidopa project at the Tomillo Foundation, highlights the efforts of scholarship recipients at the start of the pandemic. “The most beautiful thing I experienced with the students was to see the strength they have and how they were able to carry out training during a pandemic period, in conditions of isolation at home, with two people who have even been admitted to IFEMA and they did not lose a single day of motivation to finish their course ”, explains Mara Jos Perrote.
They looked after centers for people and dependents of those who needed them most. Today, thanks to their commitment and their spirit of improvement, they are already professional helpers.