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DIU Accompaniment and rights of caregivers

  • Initial training - Continuing education
  • 1 year
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • AIMS

    The objective of the training is to train caregivers and professionals (health, social, medico-social, HR...) to the issues related to caregivers and to equip them to be able to lead projects related to the support of caregivers and the coordination of caregiver activities.

    The need to better support caregivers appears today as a fundamental issue. The demographic transition is indeed a real challenge facing our countries. According to INSEE projections, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to increase from 12.8 to 20.9 million between 2006 and 2035. Estimates show that a linear adaptation of benefits for dependent elderly people to the demographic changes will result in a significant increase in public health expenditures. This large increase in public expenditure requires the search for innovative instruments to ensure equal access to care and housing in the future and to promote respect for the dignity of dependent or disabled people. Quantitatively, in OECD countries, one person in ten provides informal assistance to a person with limited functional abilities. This figure is expected to increase in the coming years. Although difficult to measure, the role of caregivers is fundamental and their recognition is an important social and public health issue.

    Recognition of the role of caregivers is an important step towards maintaining the social link, not only between the caregiver and his/her loved one but also between the caregiver and the outside world. It has been proven that some caregivers tend to limit contacts within their own network of acquaintances because of the amount of work they do for their dependent relative. Taking care of a relative is also likely to have an impact on professional investment, at least when it is of significant intensity. It can have an impact on working hours and increase absenteeism. Thus, beyond its compassionate aspect, taking measures in favor of family caregivers constitutes a challenge for the company and, more broadly, for national productivity.

    The issue of family caregivers is also a public health issue. Taking care of a loved one can affect the health of the caregiver, particularly his or her mental health. The risk of exhaustion is therefore likely to have a negative impact on healthcare costs, insofar as it has been shown that the family members of a sick person see their consumption of medication increase and are more frequently subject to sick leave. Conversely, recognition of the role of family caregivers can be a lever for stabilizing healthcare costs. Maintaining a dependent person at home is in fact much less expensive than hospitalization or residence in a medical-social institution. Moreover, it corresponds to the aspirations of most of the population.


    The training is aimed at all people with a BAC level or exemption. Selection by dossier and interview.


    Knowledge of the definition of caregivers;
    Knowledge of the major stages in the construction of public policy relating to caregivers; - Knowledge of the rights and obligations of caregivers and carers
    Knowledge of the rights and obligations of caregivers and care receivers;
    Knowledge of the actors of social policy related to caregivers (national/local; design/piloting/implementation),
    Knowledge of the typology of caregivers and care receivers;
    Knowledge of the social representation of the helping relationship and the sociological role of caregivers;
    Knowledge of the public and pathologies;
    Knowledge of assistance and how to access it, including in the context of dematerialized procedures
    Knowledge of the fundamentals of communication and mediation;
    Knowledge of project management methods and tools (particularly with a view to respite and integration into employment).


    be able to identify caregivers ;
    be able to question one's personal and professional posture in relation to the caregiver/care receiver relationship;
    be able to situate caregivers in their environment,
    be able to define the modalities of accompaniment adapted to the singular situations of the caregivers;
    be able to orientate the carer or to orientate oneself as a carer: define his/her needs, identify the important information to be collected, identify the partners, the help, the answers and make a synthesis, build a response;
    be able to work in a multidisciplinary team and to mobilize the different actors interested in the theme; - be able to ensure transmissions and continuity of care in the broadest sense of the word;
    be able to set up administrative files, including dematerialized ones, and to organize the follow-up of requests;
    be able to carry out projects to support caregivers or to identify and develop one's own skills
    be able to communicate and establish relationships within the framework of the triangular relationship: caregiver, assisted, professional