Professional Standards Charter for Carers to be agreed by 1 October
The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Health have acted on instructions from the Russian Federation Council and drawn up a charter of professional standards for carers.
Nikolai Kulkov, who works for the Patronage Association and was one of the first people to call for the charter, stated that most carers who look after elderly people in their own homes are not trained in the jobs they do; in terms of employment it is a grey area. Kulkov explained that he sometimes hears outrageous reports of frail people being robbed or physically assaulted by their carers. He believes the new charter will increase transparency in the care sector and drive up quality. Kulkov explained that being a carer is a difficult profession and it is essential that carers are suitably qualified.
The Ministry of Labour has produced recommendations on long-term care in the past, describing the main concepts of care-work, the principles behind it and the different methods used to support vulnerable people.
A scheme for the long-term care of elderly and disabled people is expected to be rolled out across the regions of Russia by 2022. A pilot project is currently providing an integrated service, combining social and medical needs on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. The experiment has already been trialled in six regions – Volgograd, Kostromsk, Novgorod, Pskov, Ryazan and Tula – and the elderly and disabled are continuing to receive the assistance they need in their homes on this basis.
The sum of 100 million roubles has been set aside to cover the roll-out of the new scheme in 2018, and the Deputy Prime Minister has promised to commit another 2.1 billion roubles to extend the scheme beyond 2020.