Replication of elderly care model based on community
03/07/2014In the days 3 and June 4, 2014, in Thanh Hoa City, the HelpAge International (HAI) in cooperation with the relevant units organized seminar "elderly care based on community". Attending the seminar were representatives of ministries and departments concerned at the central level: MOLISA, Ministry of Health, the Vietnam National Committee on Aging, Vietnam Association of the Elderly, Vietnam Women's Union ...; representatives of International Organizations: the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the HAI, the HelpAge Korea (HAK) ...; leaders representing of the Local Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Department of Health, Provincial Fatherland Front Committee of Thanh Hoa...
Care for the elderly in community is operation within the framework of the ASEAN-ROK project “elderly care based on community” which is the South Korean government's financial support for 10 countries in ASEAN, including Vietnam.
Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Hyunse, President of the HelpAge Korea said that forecast for 2050, there is 1 in each 4 people of the total number of elderly people over the age of 80, the people 100 years and older will increase by at least 3 times in the Southeast Asia. The increase in the elderly population led to increasing demand on welfare services and health care for the elderly. However, system supporting family according to the traditional families is under pressure due to the trend of nuclear families and the increasingly popular migration of the younger generation, so most of the developing countries are lacking long-term care services for the elderly. The launching of ROK-ASEAN Project aims to provide comprehensive services and appropriate care including social services, health care and other support services to serve the needs of the elderly in everyday life.
In Vietnam, the project of care for the elderly based on community was piloted in seven communes in Trieu Son district, Thanh Hoa province, starting from January, 2014 to further enhance the care the elderly in the community of club for generations to selves help each other. With new activities such as home care through the supporting staff and the case management having paid salaries, the club for generations to self-help each other has supported many poor and elderly people living in daily lives to help them maintaining the lives at home instead of going to the facilities having the expensive care or inconsistent with elderly lifestyle.
The seminar aims to raise awareness of the needs on the care of the elderly and the suitable elderly care services in the community. This is an opportunity to strengthen exchanges between the elderly with local authorities, service providers and organizations involved in improving the quality of life of elderly people with the approach of generations and self-help each other. Sharing at the seminar, Mr. Chu Phú Diện, 61 years old, a supporter of the generation’s club for Self help for each other in Van Son commune, Trieu Son district, Thanh Hoa province, said he was previously a nurse in the People's Army. After participating for 2 months only, with the number of elderly need to care at many clubs, he had the opportunities to help people and continue his contributions to the health care for people, support those who need care in the community, especially the local elderly. That work makes him feel the life more optimistic and useful.
At the seminar, the delegates agreed to expand the model needed care to elderly people in the community, creating a useful playground for the entire population in general and the elderly in particular. The club's elderly have contributed arouse in young people the desire to continue to devote, living the meaningful lives for their families and society and help the senior citizens getting the joy, happy, healthy & useful lives.