The newly published report, developed by the former French minister of Labour Myriam El Khomri, proposes 59 measures to improve the image of elderly care work in France.
The report was presented on 29th October by the French Minister for Solidarity and Health, Agnès Buzyn. She praised the work done by the former French Minister of Labour and her team to improve current conditions and to achieve real change in the sector, saying “We know the demographic evolution and we know that in 2050, nearly 5 million French people will be over 85 years old, and in need of care at home or in nursing homes. […] Faced with such challenges, we can no longer be satisfied with simply praising the courage and dedication of those who work for the health and well-being of our seniors, without giving them social and material recognition”
By proposing 59 different measures, the report delivers specific propositions to questions of how to improve the public image of elderly care work; to make the recruitment process more active and to strengthen the skills of employees.
Some of the main calls for action outlined in the report include
- Ensure better conditions of employment and remuneration
- High priority to reduce health risks and improve the quality of life at work
- Modernise trainings and change the image of the profession
- Boost Innovation to transform organisations & human resources management
- Ensure mobilisation and coordination of actors and funding at national and regional level.
Several French Social Services employer’s organisations welcome this report as a first step and ask the government to extend this to all other types of social services meeting comparable challenges, as persons with disabilities, childhood protection, or social inclusion.
Have access to the entire report in French here.
Have access to Nexem’s press release here
The speech by Agnès Buzyn on the report is available here.