Nursing facility. Archive image (Photo: ShutterStock)
The shortage of counselors in welfare institutions where people with disabilities and special needs live has led to several discussions on the subject at the Ministry of Social Affairs. Walla found out on Tuesday. The manpower shortage in the welfare dormitories is so great that there are hostels that do not open because there are no instructors to staff the standards, and a significant percentage of the counselors today are employees from the Palestinian Authority.
The main solution that arose in those discussions was to employ foreign workers to man the instructors' standards, instead of increasing the instructors' salaries and providing them with appropriate conditions for employing them. According to the ministry's plan, about 15% of the instructors will be foreign workers in place of Israeli workers.
Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security Yaakov Margi of Shas, who wishes to promote the proposed solution, has already written to the chairman of the special committee for foreign workers in the Knesset, MK Eliyahu Revivo, and asked to convene a committee meeting on the issue and to summon all the relevant government ministries, including the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labor. "The ministry is dealing with a severe shortage of caregivers and is struggling to cope with the increasing exodus of workers from within the system," the minister wrote to the committee chairman.
"The ministry is facing a severe shortage of caregivers." Minister of Social Affairs Yaakov Margi (Photo: Flash 90, Jonathan Zindel)
The foreign worker solution, which has been implemented in nursing homes and nursing homes for several years, cannot exist in institutions for people with special needs and disabilities, because of the rehabilitation-educational role of the counselor in these frameworks, unlike the role of the caregiver in nursing homes.
Yoav Keren, an operator of private frameworks and a member of the MDP committee, explained to Walla: "Our frameworks are educational rehabilitation frameworks, my goal is to promote all the residents who come to us, not just to keep them alive. One of the main jobs of the counselors is in-depth communication with patients, writing reports and communicating information to parents. This solution is to look for an easy, cost-effective solution on the backs of the weaker people in our society."
"Instead of promoting them, giving them quality of life at a level that each of us takes care of ourselves and our children, the Ministry of Social Affairs is proposing a solution that will lower them to the bottom, to the lowest and most basic response. And that's instead of raising the instructors' wages, which are currently budgeted at minimum wage, and that's why this shortage was created. In order to have a quality team, you have to pay them, and not look for cheap solutions like bringing in foreign workers who can't provide the required response," Keren said.
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Another problem is a cultural one. The main countries from which foreign workers come are poor countries where there is no policy of promoting people with special needs, for the most part, and they are treated differently from the treatment acquired in Israel. The biggest beneficiary of Welfare Minister Margi's solution is the Ministry of Finance, thanks to which finance officials will not have to deal with increasing the salaries of counselors because the alleged distress will be reduced. However, the dormitories in question will have to provide the foreign workers with housing, and also pay their fees.
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