We make a special effort to include highest possible ethical standards, including respect for human dignity, into the process of education, training and vocational practices of caregivers for elderly people.
The form of elderly care provided varies greatly among countries and is changing rapidly. It has been observed that the global elderly consume the most health expenditures out of any other age group, an observation that shows worldwide eldercare may be very similar. We must also account for an increasingly large proportion of global elderly, especially in developing nations, as continued pressure is put on limiting fertility and decreasing family size.
Traditionally, elderly care has been the responsibility of family members and was provided within the extended family home. However, this model is almost impossible to be achieved for the most of elderly migrants. The reasons for this change include decreasing family size, the greater life expectancy of elderly people, the geographical dispersion of families, and high financial costs of the institutional treatment.
High social and economic demand for domestic caregiving services for elderly people generates rapid development of this sector. An overwhelming part of caregivers are migrants, because of the specific character of this low income sector, and today in Europe growing number of them are women of Eastern European origin. Significant part of the caregiving sector is dominated by private companies, job placement is in practice monopolized by private, small recruitment agencies.