SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 11, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it will improve the living environment for low-income senior citizens living alone who are especially vulnerable to heat waves and cold weather.
According to the city government, a total of 500 million won (US$ 421,230) will be spent to renovate housing equipment or install new ones and provide heating and cooling facilities. Among the total budget to be spent, 250 million won will be executed by the Citizen’s Participatory Budget and the remaining will be by the general budget.
Some of the improvements to the living environment include the installation of insect nets; prevention of epidemics and control of the breeding and extermination of insect pests; installation of gas generators, lamp bulbs and remote controls; newly papering walls, ceilings, and hypocausted floors; replacement of old boilers in preparation for extreme heat and cold weather.
Each autonomous district’s responsible personnel from the In-Home Care Center for The Elderly or the organizations that provide customized care services in the local community find out the eligible ones (beneficiaries of national basic livelihood and those who live under 60 percent of median income) when they visit homes of the elderly for their research on the vulnerable households. After reviewing the necessity of the support program, feasibility of the implementation method, and budget adequacy, the city government decides the final beneficiaries.
The improvement of the housing environment for the elderly, which is needed during the severe cold season, has already been implemented since January this year to prevent any safety-related accidents and enhance convenience for them. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said, “Improving the living environment for elderly people will provide better welfare services for them. Through this support program, we will help senior citizens independently live in the local community.”