Incentives have been introduced in many places. Nursing staff can receive a monthly allowance of up to 1,500 yuan, and graduates can receive up to 60,000 yuan as an entry bonus

Can "real money" solve the dilemma of elderly service talents?

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  A few days ago, Beijing introduced a policy to provide incentives and subsidies for senior care worker positions and graduate entry, and use "real money" to attract senior service talents.

The reporter found that the treatment of front-line elderly care workers has improved significantly, but the difficulty of recruiting and retaining people is still more common.

To solve the dilemma of senior citizens, we also need to work together and implement comprehensive policies.

  "I didn't go to colleges and universities to recruit this year. I plan to try recruiting in northern colleges next year." Towards the end of the year, Han Huize and his colleagues are already planning for next year's work in a nursing home in Fengtai District, Beijing.

They hope that Beijing’s latest policy will attract more graduates to nursing homes.

  At present, living in elderly care institutions has become an important way of elderly care. The quantity and quality of elderly care service personnel have become important factors affecting the development of elderly care institutions and the quality of life of the elderly.

However, elderly care institutions face problems such as difficulty in recruiting and retaining people.

A few days ago, Beijing issued the "Beijing Implementation Measures for the Training and Training of Elderly Service Talents" (hereinafter referred to as the "Implementation Measures"), which provides incentives and subsidies for senior care worker positions and graduate entry.

  Industry insiders believe that the incentive policy has a positive effect on the development of the elderly service industry.

While "retaining people with treatment", it is also necessary to "retain people with emotions" and "careers". We must work together to implement comprehensive strategies to solve the practical difficulties of "not recruiting and retaining people" in the elderly care service industry.

"Real Money" Attracts Elderly Service Talents

  "The most anxious thing right now is to recruit nursing caregivers. The Spring Festival is approaching, and the manpower is becoming more and more stretched." Han Huize, who has worked for 5 years, was promoted this year to deputy director of the nursing department of nursing homes, responsible for the management of the elderly and nursing staff.

  Recently, Han Huize, who is busy recruiting, learned that Beijing will set up incentive subsidies for senior care positions, up to 1,500 yuan per person per month.

"It is very exciting to see this news, and I hope to attract more people into the elderly care service industry."

  This exciting policy for Han Huize comes from the "Implementation Measures", which will be formally implemented on January 1 next year.

According to the "Implementation Measures", elderly care workers who are engaged in nursing care services full-time and have obtained vocational qualification certificates or vocational skills level certificates will be given 500 yuan per person per month in accordance with junior workers, intermediate workers, senior workers, technicians, and senior technicians. , 800 yuan, 1000 yuan, 1200 yuan, 1500 yuan post incentive allowance.

  In addition, the "Implementation Measures" proposed that undergraduate and above 60,000 yuan, junior college (higher vocational) 50,000 yuan, and secondary vocational school 40,000 yuan, new graduates or past graduates within one year of graduation will be awarded employment awards. .

  Using "real money" to attract talents to enter and stay in the elderly care service industry is not the first in Beijing.

The reporter combed and found that prior to this, many places such as Yangzhou in Jiangsu, Quanzhou in Fujian, Liuzhou in Guangxi, Qingdao in Shandong and other places all introduced incentive measures for talents in the elderly service industry.

Among them, in Yangzhou, full-time undergraduate college students have a one-time entry bonus of up to 50,000 yuan.

Shanghai has made it clear that all types of workers can participate in skills training for elderly caregivers and apply for skill level certification, and enjoy training subsidies with a maximum subsidy of 3560 yuan.

"Nursers are equally difficult to recruit as graduates"

  According to data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, there are currently more than 500,000 elderly care workers in my country, which is far from meeting the care needs of 254 million elderly people and more than 40 million disabled and semi-disabled elderly people. There is a huge gap between elderly care needs and talent supply. .

According to forecasts, during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, my country's elderly population will exceed 300 million, and it will move from mild to moderate aging.

  "More and more elderly people are entering nursing homes, but the number of our caregivers has not kept up, and has been maintained at a scale of less than 40." Han Huize said that nursing caregivers are too difficult to recruit, and very few people come to interview. .

  Last week, in the nursing home where Han Huize was located, a male caregiver entered the nursing home through an acquaintance, but left the job before the probation period ended in just a few days, allegedly because he did not want to work at night.

  “It’s also difficult to recruit fresh graduates and senior caregivers working in the front line, and it’s not easy to retain them.” Han Huize said that last year, she and her colleagues went to Changsha, Hunan to recruit 3 graduates majoring in senior care services and management. But less than two years have left one after another.

  "For the elderly in nursing homes, care is greater than help, and help is greater than treatment." Ma Li, who had previously worked in a medical institution, joined an elderly care institution this year.

In her view, the elderly care service industry is promising, but the difficulties are also obvious.

"After I joined the job, I found that the work content was very cumbersome, and there were a lot of things to learn and understand, which required great love and patience."

  Han Huize once worked as a nursing care worker for two years. She said frankly: “It was really hard at first, working night shifts, assisting the elderly in bathing and defecation, and taking care of the emotions of different elderly people. I didn’t know how much these things were until the moment I faced them in person. It is not easy. Practitioners need to do a good job of psychological construction to persevere."

"This money is worth it!"

  The reporter learned from interviews that due to high labor intensity, poor wages, low social recognition and other reasons, the high mobility of elderly care personnel and the instability of the team have stumped the vast majority of elderly care service agencies. Employees generally have problems such as older age, lower educational level, and insufficient professionalism.

  However, elderly care services have risen to a rigid demand that cannot be ignored.

In order to solve the problem of shortage of talents in the industry, all localities and departments are increasing investment and speeding up work progress.

According to the timetable of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, by the end of 2022, 10,000 nursing home deans, 2 million elderly care workers, and 100,000 full-time and part-time elderly social workers will be trained and trained to effectively improve the sustainable development of elderly care services.

  The reporter visited the elderly care institutions in Beijing and found that the strength of the policy has been reflected in the front line of elderly care, and some practitioners have responded positively.

A staff member of an elderly care institution told reporters: "In our nursing home, the probationary caregivers get a salary of more than 3,000 yuan, and they can get 4,000 yuan to 6,000 yuan after they become full members, including food and housing, and social security."

  "Learning that there are rewards and allowances, the enthusiasm of the elderly care workers who were originally too old and relatively difficult to learn has increased significantly." Ma Li told reporters that she is planning to develop in the elderly service industry for a long time and is also looking for suitable ones. Own "certificate".

  "This money is worth it!" Yang Genlai, a professor at Beijing Vocational College of Social Management (Training Center of the Ministry of Civil Affairs) and dean of the Senior Research Institute, said in an interview with a reporter from the Workers' Daily that the "Implementation Measures" will provide a boost for the elderly service industry. Here comes tangible benefits.

Not only can it attract more talents, including recent graduates, to enter the elderly care service industry, it will also have a positive impact on the enrollment of related majors.

  However, the industry’s talent dilemma needs to be further resolved.

Yang Genlai said that the elderly care industry still has room for improvement in terms of talent treatment and job stability, and elderly care services need to be more recognized and understood by society.

All parties should work together and comprehensively implement policies to further enrich the senior care talent team through "retention by treatment, emotion retention, and career retention."

  Zhao Chen