More than 320,000 specialists waiting for special needs Experts "Severe situation" December 28 16:09

The number of elderly people waiting to enter a nursing home was about 326,000, highlighting the fact that many people are still waiting.

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare through prefectures nationwide, as of April, there were approximately 326,000 elderly people on standby waiting to enter a nursing home.

Although it decreased by about 40,000 compared to the previous survey three years ago, the fact that many people are still waiting to enter was highlighted.

As for nursing homes for the elderly, since 2015, except for cases where daily life is difficult due to dementia and other unavoidable circumstances, in principle, persons requiring nursing care 3 or more are eligible for admission. It is about 2000% and about 90% of the whole.

Approximately 176,000 people were waiting at other nursing homes and medical institutions, such as paid nursing homes, and about 116,000 were at home among those waiting for more than three nursing care needs.

The country has been promoting the construction of nursing homes for the elderly, and the number of residents in April has risen to more than 600,000 in the past, but facilities are not keeping up with the increase in the number of applicants due to rapid aging. The situation continues.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says, "We will continue to improve the various nursing care bases and reduce the number of waiters."

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According to Yasuhiro Yuki, a professor at Shukutoku University, who is familiar with the nursing care insurance system, "there are relatively many people waiting for special needs in urban areas, and it is still a serious situation that there are more than 300,000 people. In some cases, the number of nursing care staff is not gathered, and there are cases where the number of employees is less than the capacity, so it is indispensable to take countermeasures on both the hardware side and the soft side. You should go. "