Elderly people prefer to live at home, but there is no one to look after them – even permanent jobs are not filled
In many large cities, there is a shortage of elderly care workers to replace employees on summer vacations.
For example, in Jyväskylä, about 15 permanent jobs remain vacant, in addition, about 40 more people are needed to replace them for the summer. In Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Jyväskylä, there are a total of 500 year-old care workers in short supply.
The shortage of nurses has long been a problem, but in the field of care for the elderly, this problem has begun to worsen, especially in the last year. Current employees do not have time to take breaks and work up to 14 hours a day.
There is a risk that the home care situation will worsen even more when the law to increase the number of nurses in nursing homes enters into force and there will be no one to care for people at home.