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Results of fiscal 2009 Potential Home Care Worker Surveys
—21.1% of those who have completed a Home Care Worker Training Program work as home care worker—

August 18, 2010

The Japan Research Institute, Limited (JRI) has published estimates based on the results of the Potential Home Care Worker Survey, sponsored by the government under the fiscal 2009 Health and Welfare Promotion Program for Elderly People and conducted in October 2009 among 3,000 people who had completed any of Grades 1-3 of the Home Care Worker Training Program.


  • The number of "potential home care workers" who had completed the Home Care Worker Training Program (any of Grades 1-3) but had not worked as home care workers within the first 12 months after completing the program rose to 78.9% of the total number of persons who had completed the program (launched in 1995) or an estimated 1,384,000 persons.
  • Some 340,000 potential home care workers are unemployed. Of those currently working but in occupations other than home care worker, many were engaged in the services sector, with an estimated 239,000 working in "medical care and welfare" and an estimated 240,000 in "living-related and personal services, food & accommodation services or other services".
  • Some 76,000 potential home care workers said they would like to find work as home care workers "immediately" (4.3% of all those who had completed the training program), while 633,000 said they would like to do so "eventually" (36.1%).
  • The number of potential home care workers who would like to work as home care workers is equivalent to between 50% and 70% of the number of additional home care workers that it is thought will be needed by 2025. In addition to

JRI's Potential Home Care Worker Survey project has been chosen to receive government sponsorship under the fiscal 2010 Health and Welfare Promotion Program for Elderly People. In view of last year's results, this year's survey will be conducted in still greater detail at prefectural level, with a view to building up a picture of the recruitment and utilization of human resources for In-home Long-Term Care at local and central government levels and providing a basis for policy proposals. The results of this year's survey are due to be published in April 2011.

For more information on the content of this report, please contact Dai Saiki, the Japan Research Institute, Limited.

E-mail:rcdweb@ml.jri.co.jp

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