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InformCare - The EU Information Hub on Informal Care

This section of the website aims to offer carers, in addition to care professionals and employers of selected countries, in their own national language, information and advice about caregiving activities as well as useful contacts and interactive tools to communicate with other peers, exchange experiences and provide mutual support.

By clicking on the country links listed below, you will be able to access two main kinds of support:

Information resources: this valuable and practical information about caregiving is structured around 4 main sections entitled ‘Caring for older people’, ‘Your own needs’, ‘Support by the state’, ‘Getting help’. These areas have been specifically designed and developed to answer your needs and preferences as well as any queries and concerns. This is the place where you can look for answers to your questions about care, carers and caring and more!

-   Interactive Services: For some countries, a set of interactive services is also available to provide a virtual meeting place for carers. In this section, you can find a dedicated social network and a forum, as well as private messages, chat and video chat rooms. These tools all have the goal of enabling carers to easily: get support from each other as well as from dedicated staff from involved non-profit organisations or research and development organisations in their country; get in touch with other people who understand how you feel and what you're dealing with; read, publish and comment on posts by your fellow carers; send your questions to people available for talking and advising you about your situation, as they recognise and value your caring role.

To access the information and services available in your country, please click on the related links below:






Austria Austria         Carers  
Belgium Belgium   French     Carers  
Belgium Belgium   Dutch     Carers  
Bulgaria Bulgaria BG   Care Professionals Employers Carers Bulgarian version
Cyprus Cyprus         Carers Cypriot version
Czech    Republic Czech Republic     Care Professionals Employers Carers    Czech version 
Denmark Denmark         Carers  
Estonia Estonia         Carers Estonian version 
Finland Finland   Finnish     Carers  
Finland Finland   Swedish     Carers  
France France         Carers   French version
Germany Germany     Care Professionals Employers Carers German version 
Greece Greece         Carers Greek version
Hungary Hungary         Carers  
Ireland Ireland EN       Carers  Irish version - EN
Italy Italy         Carers  Italian version 
Latvia Latvia LV       Carers Latvian version
Lithuania Lithuania LT   Care Professionals Employers Carers Lithuanian version
Luxembourg Luxembourg FR French Care Professionals   Carers Luxembourgish version - FR
Luxembourg Luxembourg DE German Care Professionals   Carers Luxembourgish version - DE
Malta Malta   Maltese Care Professionals Employers Carers  
Malta Malta   English Care Professionals Employers Carers Maltese version - EN
Netherlands Netherlands         Carers  
Poland Poland PL   Care Professionals Employers Carers Polish version
Portugal Portugal     Care Professionals Employers Carers Portuguese version
Romania Romania RO       Carers Romanian version
Slovakia Slovakia SK   Care Professionals Employers Carers Slovak version
Slovenia Slovenia         Carers Slovenian version
Spain Spain         Carers Spanish version
Sweden Sweden SE   Care Professionals Employers Carers  Swedish version
UK UK - England       Employers Carers  English version
UK UK - N. Ireland       Employers Carers  English version
UK UK - Wales       Employers Carers  English version
UK - Scotland         Carers  English version



The InformCare section has been developed within the framework of the project “INNOVAGE”, co-funded by the European Union (FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1/No 306058), by two main project partners, Eurocarers and the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), with the support of the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (NKA) together with an extensive network of national organisations and stakeholders in 27 EU member states.

The following people were directly involved in designing, developing and implementing InformCare:
•    INRCA team: Giovanni Lamura (principal investigator); Francesco Barbabella (project manager); Arianna Poli and Benjamin Salzmann (research assistants); Cristina Lancioni and Matteo Annibali (web developers); Roberta Papa (project management and statistician);
•    Eurocarers team: Areti Efthymiou (project manager); Hanneli Döhner and Elizabeth Hanson (senior supervisors); Aidan MacNally (web developer); Frank Goodwin, Stecy Yghemonos and Francesca Centola (project management and secretariat);
•    NKA team: Frida Andréasson (research assistant); Elizabeth Hanson (supervisor).

We also thank the national organisations and stakeholders who actively contributed to finalise part of the contents of InformCare:

  1. Austria: Europäisches Zentrum für Wohlfahrtspolitik und Sozialforschung (Europäisches  Zentrum) (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (European Centre)
  2. Belgium: Thomas More Kempen vzw (Thomas More)
  3. Bulgaria: Гражданско сдружение Алцхаймер България (Alzheimer Bulgaria Association)
  4. Cyprus: Σύνδεσμος Στήριξης Ατόμων με τη νόσο Αλτσχάιμερ (The Cyprus Alzheimer Association)
  5. Czech Republic:  Czech Diaconia
  6. Denmark: Pårørende i Danmark (Carers Denmark)
  7. Estonia: MTÜ Eesti Omastehooldus (NGO Estonian Carers)
  8. Finland: Omaishoitajat ja läheiset -liitto ry (The Central Association of Carers in Finland)
  9. Finland: Folkhälsans förbund  
  10. France: Association Française des Aidants
  11. Germany: wir pflegen
  12. Greece: Εταιρεία Νόσου Alzheimer & Συναφών Διαταραχών Αθηνών (Athens Association of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders)
  13. Hungary: Magyar Máltai Szeretetszolgálat Egyesület - Hungarian Maltese Charity Service (MMSZ)
  14. Ireland: Care Alliance Ireland
  15. Italy: INRCA (IRCCS) - National Institute of Health & Science on Ageing
  16. Latvia:   Invalīdu un viņu draugu apvienība "Apeirons" - An organisation of people with disabilities and their friends "Apeirons"
  17. Lithuania: Lietuvos išsėtinės sklerozės sąjunga (Lithuanian Multiple Sclerosis Union)
  18. Luxembourg: RBS - Center fir Altersfroen (RBS)
  19. Malta: SOS Malta
  20. The Netherlands: VILANS   
  21. Poland: Europejska Fundacja Opieki (European Care Foundation -EFO)   
  22. Potugal: Jose Alves and Ana Ribas Teixeira  
  23. Romania: Institutul Național de Gerontologie și Geriatrie​ "Ana Aslan"  (Ana Aslan National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics)   
  24. Slovakia: Občianske združenie pre trvalo udržateľný rozvoj regiónov Slovenska - Civic Association for Sustainable Development of Regions in Slovakia
  25. Slovenia: ZDUS - Zveza društev upokojencev Slovenije (Slovenian Federation of Pensioners’ Associations)
  26. Spain: FUNDACIÓ JOAN COSTA ROCA (Group Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa)
  27. Sweden: Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga – för ett anhörigvänligt samhälle (The Swedish Family Care Competence Centre)
  29. UK/Scotland: VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian)


Innovage project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no [306058]”.            

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