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S. Korea's health ministry to provide customized senior care in 2020 Updated: 2019-11-11 07:04:15 KST

This woman in her 90s finds it difficult to visit the hospital because of reduced mobility and dizziness.
Currently, she's receiving a basic care service, …which consists of weekly visits from a life manager and twice-weekly phone calls to check on her wellbeing.

"I'm so absent-minded that I can't do anything if I don't feel well and want medicine. So I just wait."

Starting next January, care services, which are currently divided into categories and provided only one at a time …will be customized to meet each senior's need.
From regular check-ins to being accompanied to hospitals, the elderly can combine multiple services as necessary.
The new services also include leisure activities and self-help group programs.

"The services used to be segmented and disconnected. The elderly will be able to explain their needs to life managers and receive such services."

The existing 350-thousand users do not need to reapply to continue receiving the services.
Those who are applying for the services for the first time can do so through community services from next March.
Seniors aged 65 and above who are receiving basic living subsidies or basic pensions or are working poor …and considered unable to live independently can receive the customized senior care.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.
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