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Training of domestic workers

training of domestic workers

The Cyprus Third Age Observatory strongly condemns the recent theft of a large sum of money from a foreign domestic worker by her elderly employer. The Observatory holds the State accountable and has raised concerns about the problems faced by elderly individuals who hire third-country domestic workers without any response from the relevant Ministries. This situation leads to the economic exploitation of older people and contributes to cases of abuse and neglect behind closed doors, where a family environment is lacking.

The Cyprus Third Age Observatory raises crucial questions regarding domestic workers to the Ministries of Labour, Interior, and Social Welfare. They question the selection criteria for domestic workers employed in the homes of vulnerable individuals, the necessary skills and training required for effective work, the screening process, and the measures taken to ensure the safety and well-being of older people. Furthermore, they inquire about the contingency plans in case of a shortage of domestic helpers and how the care needs of older people are addressed in such situations.

Furthermore, the Observatory highlights the significant role of the family environment in the caregiving process. It asserts that it carries a substantial responsibility when proper care is lacking, which can adversely affect the well-being and safety of the caregivers. The Observatory strongly emphasizes that domestic helpers are primarily employed for housework and should not be expected to provide full-time care for older people.

Additionally, the Observatory notes that older individuals, driven by their longing for emotional connection and companionship, often develop deep emotional relationships with domestic helpers. Unfortunately, this attachment can make older people vulnerable to exploitation. The familiarity may lead older individuals to trust their personal information with their caregivers. Regrettably, incidents of abuse or neglect often go unreported due to this sense of familiarity and fear of potential retaliation.

The Observatory highlights the importance of training domestic workers in the anthropocentric model of care and the Greek language. Such training enables effective communication and appropriate behavior with caregivers. The statement concludes by asserting the Observatory's viewpoint that a social dialogue should be initiated with relevant bodies and ministries. This dialogue aims to identify and implement specific policies and best practices addressing these crucial issues and concerns, ultimately ensuring the safety and well-being of elderly individuals within their homes.


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