“Creating a link is at the heart of every care profession”


Po support frail, elderly or disabled people with dignity, we must collectively attract hundreds of thousands of professionals over the next five years.

Training is a good way to achieve this, because it is the first visible step for anyone planning to practice a helping or caring profession. Creating a simple course that reflects the reality experienced on a daily basis and motivating over the long term is in theory basic. However, with nearly sixty different diplomas in the sector, we are still very far from there.

The current construction of the sector, with a clear boundary between the sector of “taking care” and that of care, does not facilitate reflection. Here we have a date with history.

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For several decades, these two sectors have been disjointed and we ignore their promiscuity to the point of turning a blind eye to the many shifts in daily tasks that do not secure either professionals or fragile people. We must put an end to it and abolish these preserves.

Reduce the scope of diplomas

Because a solution exists, and is becoming more and more the logical answer to the current pitfalls: it consists of reducing the scope of diplomas and highlighting a clear increase in skills, with three levels of qualification spread over several years.

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The first level would be a short training to “get your foot in the stirrup”, allowing to obtain a State diploma inspired by existing titles – training of assistants / assistants of care in gerontology (ASG), assistant (e) of family life (ADVF), etc. – and which we could call “caring companion”. This will avoid the hiring of untrained personnel, which is becoming more and more frequent.

The second level would correspond to the merger of the diplomas of life assistant and nursing assistant: it would promote the junction between “taking care” and care.

Third step, the nursing diploma, now well defined. In short, three clear levels, which we can put forward very early to engage in the long term.

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Let’s go even further by considering that the first common point to emerge between all these professions should be their human dimension, because they consist first and foremost in helping everyone to preserve or recover their autonomy. In other words, creating a link is at the heart of each profession and the technical gestures, if they are of course different, constitute an opportunity to create this singular link, so essential for the person being helped.

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