The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea are currently promoting home-care projects in ten ASEAN member nation. As part of this joint initiative,FOPDEV trains volunteer home-helpers in the city of Chiang Mai to encourage independent living for disadvantaged older people and to lighten the burden on family caregivers. At present,the number of volunteers is 105.
These volunteers provide assistance with household chores,basic health care monitoring,daily convenience services,and personal care.
Previously,FOPDEV provided training to individual volunteers to care for older people. However, FOPDEV now focus on building the capacity of the volunteers’ club so that they can deliver services directly to older people. This involves strengthening management and operational skills of club committee.
FOPDEV also actively encourages the volunteers’club to engage with older people’s groups, community leaders, and local and national government to advocate on older people’ issues.
FOPDEV has expanded its model of home care for the older people project by providing by providing technical support and advice to its network in Bangkok to start the home care project in Nong Khaem,Sathon and Sai Mai districts of Bangkok.