The Minister Delegate in charge of Autonomy Brigitte Bourguignon sketched Saturday during a visit to Bordeaux the main axes of his future law “great age and autonomy”, aimed at reforming the sector of assistance to the elderly.
The first project is that of “the response to urgent needs in terms of human resources” in nursing homes or with regard to home help, writes the minister in a press release.
The merger of the Pôle Emploi agencies with the regional health agencies (ARS) at the local level “is already producing very good results”, she explains, indicating that 82% of employment offers in nursing homes were thus able to be satisfied and 80% of those concerning home helpers.
Brigitte Bourguignon also insists on the need to develop “training capacities” for workers in the sector. This will involve “developing the number of places in initial training and reforming the main state diplomas in the sector” (caregiver and educational and social support).
Third axis of the reform: “the promotion of the quality of life at work” with a plan supported by the national health insurance fund and which is in the process of being finalized.
Finally, the salaries of professions of old age must be revalued “as recognition of the social utility of these professions, and to encourage guidance towards these careers,” the statement added.
“By 2025, our population will have a million additional elderly people, including 100,000 who will be in a situation of loss of autonomy”, it is indicated. This “makes the upgrading of these professions all the more necessary”.
If the reform of the professions of the old age is “on the rails” and its “drafting being finalized”, it will be presented only when “the health crisis allows it”, had specified Mrs. Bourguignon on January 20.
This law is eagerly awaited by professionals in the sector who were moved by a new postponement, while the text is constantly rejected.