The Employment Perspectives of Care Providers for Older Persons in Thailand

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Nattadech Choomplang
Dararatt Anantanasuwong


The paper focuses on the employment perspectives of care providers working in the care facilities/institutions for older persons, operated by the government agencies both at the ministerial and local levels, non-profit organizations (NPOs), and private enterprises, in Thailand. The data of their employment life were collected by mail self-evaluation questionnaires to care providers working in the facilities/institutions in all regions in Thailand. The main results found that to some extent the care-providing respondents are positive about their working job and facilities. However, their voices in the problems/concerns about the administration, working condition towards the services for the care users and family, communication between themselves and other relevant groups, and the expectation of opportunity to be promoted to higher or better position, reflects an urgent policy response to improve the quality of life of care service providers for older persons. Three policy responses are suggested on the classification of the care services provided by the facilities according to the functional abilities of the care users, the open access to more careers on aging by educational institutions as formal, informal, lifelong learning programs, and the regulation on the career qualification accreditation system.


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