In order to counteract the shortage of skilled workers, long-term care has also relied on staff from abroad. Their number has changed according to the Rheinische Post, which relies on data from the Federal Employment Agency (BA) has increased significantly in recent years. Accordingly, at the end of March 2019, almost 80,000 foreign workers were employed in geriatric care: 50,000 as helpers and almost 30,000 as specialists, specialists and experts.
According to the BA, the people employed as helpers are not necessarily untrained workers. They may have already completed an apprenticeship or study in their country of origin, but have not yet been employed as specialists due to a lack of language skills in Germany.
According to the BA, a total of 71,000 foreign workers were employed in geriatric care in June 2018 – their share was 12 percent. In 2014 it was almost eight percent. In 2013, the number of foreign nurses was 30,000.
Assistants away from statistics
According to the report, at the end of March 2019, almost 600,000 people worked in geriatric care, 284,000 of them as helpers, around 305,000 as specialists and almost 10,000 as specialists and experts.
The board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, said the official figures only show a small part of the reality. "Because the up to 300,000 auxiliary workers in private households from Eastern and Southeastern Europe do not appear in any official statistics." Without these, care would have collapsed long ago, according to Brysch. "Because over three million people in need of care live at home."