Supporting family caregivers and receivers in Estonia and Finland

Thematic cluster:
Southern Finland - Estonia Sub-programme
3. Attractive and dynamic societies
Direction of support:
Social security and wellbeing of different groups in society
Sep 2009 - Dec 2011 (2 years, 4 months)
Total funding:
380 620 €
ERDF funding:
290 676 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Improving and promoting people’s health, including its social aspects

Development idea

Most European populations can be described as ageing populations. The balance between various sources of support for older people varies between countries according to tradition, culture and the social policy system, yet the problems and aims are similar in most countries. Children and grandchildren often live apart from the elderly, which prevent them from being involved in practical care-giving.

Aim of the project

The SUFACARE project created a practical model for informal and formal elderly care in Estonia and Finland, providing solutions for family caregivers and caretakers as well as professionals working with home care in both urban and rural areas of both countries.

Main project activities

The model comprises a set of tools to improve the situation. These include education for caregivers to help them in their daily work, practical solutions for better security in home care, better networking and more cost-effective solutions. The project also created tools for social participation in neighbourhood help and social networking as well as leisure, community and cultural activities.


Arcada University of Applied Sciences

ERDF funding:
246 381 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
82 127 €

Tallinn University

ERDF funding:
44 295 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
7 817 €


A model for supporting family caregivers/receivers

A cost-efficient way of working called "user approach model" developed for enhancing family caregiving.

The model is based on analysis (surveys and interviews) of the family caregivers’ situation in Estonia and Finland. Based on this knowledge project designed educational courses, during which ideas and proposals for solutions to improve caregivers’ situation were piloted. This knowledge was used to form a model for family caregiving.

The documents below present and describe the results and findings of the project including the model for family caregivers/receivers.

Final Report "Omaishoitajien ja hoidettavien tukeminen koulutuksen, käytännön tukitoimien ja osallisuuden avulla Suomessa ja Virossa" (FIN)
Final Report "Stödjande av närståendevårdare och vårdtagare i Finland och Estland genom utbildning, praktiska stödåtgärder och delaktighet." (SWE)

Related files in Estonian can be downloaded via the below link.

Educational courses for caregivers of the elderly

Courses for increasing knowledge, social participation, networking and physical and mental well-being among caregivers and receivers.

Educational courses have been used both in Estonia and Finland. Courses were organised to meet the country-specific demands. Educational courses increased caregivers’ social networking and participation in different activities, caregivers met people in similar situations and exchanged ideas and experience.