In the past year, there have been many tragedies involving caregivers and cared for, and the murder of two brothers with intellectual disabilities was only revealed last Friday (22nd), and two brothers with intellectual disabilities were suspected of starving to death due to lack of care for their mothers admitted to the hospital. Three days later, the Government held the launch ceremony of the "Supporting Carers Together" initiative this afternoon (25th) at a cost of $1 million.
LegCo member Di Chi-wan of the Social Welfare Sector acknowledged that public awareness of carers must be increased if they are to be valued by the community, but he questioned the current propaganda as a slogan, saying bluntly: "Lip service is not true". He explained that high-risk caregivers such as the elderly and the disabled generally do not know how to go online and have difficulty accessing the government's propaganda, believing that the government might as well invite the care team to "bury themselves" in education.
In July this year, the Social Welfare Department told the Caregiver Placement Policy Subcommittee of the Panel on Welfare of the Legislative Council that a territory-wide carer publicity campaign entitled "Operation Supporting Carers Together" was launched in September this year with a budget of 7 million, including commissioning television stations to produce five TV announcements and using radio announcements, advertisements and promotional materials to promote relevant messages. At that time, a number of MPs had already questioned the need to support carers beyond mere slogans.
Di Zhiyuan: It is difficult to reach high-risk caregivers
Di Zhiyuan today (25th) expressed his agreement with the government's promotion of publicity and public education, and when the public's awareness of caregivers increases, the needs of caregivers will be valued. However, he questioned the Government's current propaganda workflow in the form of slogans and not in place. He explained that the high-risk caregivers are the elderly, people with disabilities and grassroots citizens, most of whom do not know how to use the Internet and have less literacy, and the government produces propaganda videos and articles on the Internet, and high-risk caregivers are difficult to reach, which means that they will not understand what policies and measures are in place to support them.
Di Zhiyuan stressed the need to get closer to caregivers. For example, he pointed out that the Labour and Welfare Bureau could work with the Home Affairs and Youth Affairs Bureau to produce leaflets from the Labour and Welfare Bureau, the Housing Authority to provide a list of high-risk care recipients, and the DSB to call on local organizations, including care teams, organisations, etc., to directly visit high-risk caregivers and explain the content of support services to them face-to-face.
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