The fourth meeting of the ESN Working Group on Ageing and Care took place in Mechelen, Belgium, and focussed on workforce issues in care for older people. ESN members from Belgium, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom participated in the meeting alongside Stecy Yghemonos, Executive Director of Eurocarers, Dr Franca van Hooren from the University of Amsterdam, and Amy Randall from the University of Kent.

Experiences, examples and national policy contexts were discussed on issues around recruitment and retention, support for care professionals and informal carers, safeguarding and caring for very vulnerable old people such as people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and personal and home support. In addition, the meeting included a site visit of sheltered housing and residential care for older people of the Sociaal Huis Mechelen.