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Title: Critical review of older adults' caregiving-related programs and policies in South Korea
Authors: Hong, S.-L. 
Park, E.-Y.
Keywords: Korean caregiving policy and program
Older adult
Productive ageing
Social intervention
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Source: Hong, S.-L.,Park, E.-Y. (2010-07). Critical review of older adults' caregiving-related programs and policies in South Korea. China Journal of Social Work 3 (2-3) : 219-229. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In light of the considerable contribution of older adult caregivers to South Korean society, we examine current caregiving-related policies and explore potential paths forward. Caregiving-related policies were analyzed in terms of service delivery system, eligibility, and benefits, including Public Long-Term Care Insurance, the National Basic Livelihood Security Act, Respite Care Service, the Formal Caregiver Program, and the Elderly Caring for Elderly and Children Programs. Findings indicate that older caregivers do not receive sufficient governmental support, and that most of the programs do not specify the explicit identification of older caregivers in benefits. Service benefits that do exist are generally limited to low-income caregivers, and the quality and quantity of these services are questionable. Negotiating bureaucracy to use these services is a particular challenge for older caregivers. We conclude that the current caregiving system has not been formally institutionalized to meet the specialized needs of older caregivers. A comprehensive needs assessment of older caregivers is necessary to develop social interventions tailored to their well-being. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: China Journal of Social Work
ISSN: 17525098
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2010.492646
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