Baden-Württemberg: geriatric care under pressure: FDP parliamentary group calls for "master plan"

The situation in geriatric care is getting worse: people are getting older and need to be cared for, but there is a lack of staff.

Baden-Württemberg: geriatric care under pressure: FDP parliamentary group calls for "master plan"

The situation in geriatric care is getting worse: people are getting older and need to be cared for, but there is a lack of staff. The FDP calls for a kind of master plan and wants, among other things, to get more help from abroad. Everything must be put to the test.

Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) - The FDP believes that the serious problems in caring for the elderly, with increasingly older people, skyrocketing costs and a lack of staff, urgently need to be tackled with a comprehensive program and more flexible specifications. "The situation in geriatric care is dramatic," said FDP parliamentary group leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke and criticized the state government for not getting beyond a patchwork of temporary support programs in the care sector.

On Wednesday (11:00 a.m.) in Stuttgart, the Liberals want to present a “10-point acute program” for elderly care. In it they demand, among other things, an end to the temporary funding programs. "In addition, geriatric care needs more de-bureaucratization and flexibility in the implementation of its care mandate," said the FDP health expert Jochen Haußmann. A more flexible relationship between nurses and assistants in care is also necessary. At least 50 percent is mandatory in Germany.

The Liberals are also calling for programs to attract additional workers from abroad. "Bureaucracy must not lead to the prevention of rapid integration into a heavily burdened labor market," said Haussmann. In its "master plan," his party also calls for increasing the number of trainees and making part-time training possible. Elderly care must also become more digital.

According to a forecast by the Barmer health insurance company from last February, around 710,000 people in Baden-Württemberg alone will be dependent on caregiving by 2030. According to the Barmer care report, that is more than a fifth more people than previously assumed. At the same time, an additional 4,000 nursing staff were missing. The reasons for this development include demographic developments and simplified access to services.

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