Improving informal care and care for the elderly

Informal caregivers look after the elderly, the disabled and other family members in need of continuous care. Currently, informal caregivers living in different parts of the country are
in unequal positions relative to each other. The level of support varies depending on the domicile. For this reason, national criteria for informal care must be drafted, and responsibility for the financial support of informal caregivers transferred to Kela. Informal caregivers should also be guaranteed sufficient support services.

Everyone has the right to a valuable and dignified old age; one that inherently includes self-determination, participation and safety. Each elderly person must have access to the kind of support and services that are needed.

Family care must be utilised more extensively for children and youth that are placed outside the home as well as for the elderly, the mentally handicapped and those undergoing psychiatric rehabilitation.