E-health literacy is a priority for the European Union. Indeed, a recent report carried out for the EU on eHealth underlined the importance of digital health literacy as patients are playing a more active role in managing their health as well as their diseases (European Commission, 2012a).
In recent years there is great number of interventions supporting carers of frail older people. Internet service provision for carers mainly includes training, counselling, psychosocial and cognitive-behavioural interventions, social support, monitoring and data collection and telemedicine.
Limited research has been done on the internet use and the level of health and ehealth literacy of carers of frail older people and people with dementia providing usually confusing results.
Health and ehealth literacy of carers of people with dementia has only recently been in the research spotlight. The concept is innovative and the organisations participating in this consortium are interested in the topic of carers and technology.
This project aims to provide a blended training programme (class sessions and elearning course) for carers of frail older people and people with dementia based on Lily theory model developed by Norman and Skinner (2006), integrating additionally dimensions presented by Chan & Kaufman (2011), Gilstad (2014) and adapted to fit the web 2.0 technology requirements. The e-learning programme will facilitate the class goals and will include selected modules that will assist carers training.
All involved countries Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus are countries with low rate of health-related internet use among older people.