SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, January 7, 2021 — The Seoul Public Agency for Social Service will provide support for the care facilities for the elderly and disabled under cohort quarantine by dispatching COVID-19 emergency caregivers.
Emergency care services have already been provided to support the disabled and senior citizens’ daily lives and outdoor activities. With the recent virus outbreak, they are going to provide additional support by assigning more caregivers for the disabled and elderly who have to self- quarantine in separated quarantine facilities due to the COVID-19 cohort measures.
In this regard, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to expand the scope of its emergency care services into the 1) city-run quarantine facilities (to be expanded), 2) senior care centers and residential facilities for the disabled under cohort quarantine (to be newly added), and 3) families who have their care services suspended (to be resumed).
First, the emergency caregivers will be dispatched to the quarantine facilities designated by them. They will provide support for the elderly and disabled who lived in the cohort facilities and then were moved to the quarantine facilities after being found negative for COVID-19. Seoul will provide care services such as meal, movement, and bath for 24 hours a day in three shifts.
In the past, Seoul sent caregivers to the facilities only if the elderly and disabled need self- quarantine due to their contact to confirmed COVID-19 cases, yet do not have caregivers. The services will also be provided to self-quarantined people who live in the cohort facilities and were found negative for the virus.
Second, the city government will send the caregivers as long as the requirements of ensuring their safety are met upon the support request from cohort facilities. The support can be provided only when the cohort facilities have completely taken proactive measures, including the separation of confirmed and non-confirmed cases, hospital beds for care services, and internal quarantine.
Especially, all the care givers will provide the services by strictly complying with quarantine guidelines such as wearing medical safety gears.
Third, emergency home-visit nursing care service will continue to be provided for those who have their care services by nursing assistants and activity supporters for the disabled suspended due to COVID-19.
The Seoul Public Agency for Social Service will dispatch the emergency care givers from January 20 after the recruitment.
Last March, the agency organized the emergency care support group to respond the outbreak of COVID-19 and has provided care services. As of January 4, a total to 38 emergency care givers have provided the support.
President Joo Jin-woo of the Seoul Public Agency for Social Service said, “The emergency care is rising as one of the important measures against COVID-19 as the virus is increasingly spreading in senior care facilities. For the vulnerable, in particular, the suspension of care services can become a more serious crisis. As such, we will go all out to provide response measures.”