In ten years’ time, the staff shortage in nursing and care will almost triple, according to the advisory report ‘Living and caring differently’, published today.
To tackle these major personnel problems, the council has come up with a number of solutions. The idea is to look at his or her network together with the patient; which family members, friends and volunteers can do which tasks best? Are there experts or carers in paid employment in the area who can take over care tasks?
The council wants professionals and volunteers to stand side by side, as equal partners. This collaboration should not be without obligation; it is necessary that care organizations involve relatives and volunteers in the daily care process. The client’s entire network becomes part of the care plan.
Extended leave of volunteers
The changes cannot be introduced just like that, for example the regulations have to be adjusted. In addition, the question is whether informal carers, of whom much is already demanded, are waiting for even more tasks. The advice states that allowances should be made to motivate people, such as neighborhood budgets or extended leave, so that informal carers can better combine their care duties with their job.
Should all this prove not to be enough, then far-reaching measures are needed, according to the council, such as recruiting workers from abroad or even introducing a duty of care or social service.