EUR 138 million for future-proof disability care | news

News feature | 07-07-2022 | 16:56

By 2027, the government will make a total of 138 million euros available for the preparation of the future agenda for care and support for people with disabilities. Of this, € 83 million will go to specialized customer support and € 20 million to healthcare innovation and technology. This is evident from the elaboration of the plans that Minister Helder for long-term care and sports sends to the House of Representatives today. In this way, the care and support for people with disabilities and an (intensive) need for care is made future-proof, whereby the municipalities also have an important responsibility.

Minister Helder: “A disability does not have to be an obstacle to a full life. With the right support and commitment, we can ensure that everyone in society can participate and take control of their own lives. ”

Wide range of campaigns and parties

People with a mild developmental disability, people with complex care needs and people living at home with lifelong disabilities receive extra attention in the plans. The agenda emphasizes more appropriate care and support for these target groups with a focus on customer support, innovation and technology, crafts and the labor market. The agenda for the future has been prepared together with stakeholders such as umbrella organizations, client and relative organizations, employers’ organizations, insurance companies and municipalities. This agenda is a follow-up to the movement that has been initiated with the program Fuldværd Living and expanded with support from municipalities (wmo) such as day activities and guidance.

Continuation of specialized customer support

Due to a disability, it is sometimes complicated to keep track of one’s own life, there is a lot of help, but people often no longer see the forest for the trees. In recent years, 450 people with disabilities and their relatives have been offered specialized client support based on 5 pilot projects from the Full Life program. The support helps people regain more control over their lives. In addition, informal carers are given more space to take up their own lives and, for example, to re-enter the labor market. By 2026, approximately 3,000 families and their relatives can receive support

Implementation of innovation route and upscaling of technology

Being self-reliant and able to live independently is a great asset, especially if you live with a disability. Technology such as an app that helps young people regulate their stress or a sensor under the mattress that analyzes sleep behavior can help with this. The condition is that it is in accordance with the client’s wishes whether the care worker provides support. The innovation route has been developed for healthcare organizations that want to get started with technology, a scientifically substantiated and practically tested step-by-step plan that helps them put innovation into practice. The Cabinet will make more than € 20 million available from 2023 to 2027 to further stimulate healthcare technology and innovation. With this money, 5 organizations will be supported in upscaling technology throughout the organization and 25 organizations will be supported in implementing a proven technological innovation in their organization.

More regional cooperation to tackle labor market shortages

There is also an acute shortage of staff in the care of the disabled. In addition to the broad labor market approach, the government is therefore investing EUR 4 million in a regional cooperation approach between healthcare providers, educational institutions and regional employers’ organizations. This approach encourages healthcare providers to collaborate regionally, for example in the field of internships, to offer combined contracts in disability and psychiatry, to exchange knowledge and expertise and to make the sector attractive to students.

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