Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Hyogo Japan

Amid coronavirus crisis, Hyogo Prefecture city to extend financial support for disabled and elderly

Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, will expand public support for facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities. "Supporting money" is provided for continuing work while the new coronavirus infection spreads. For residents who cannot meet their family to prevent infection, the city will subsidize the cost of purchasing equipment so that an “online visit” is possible. Local products such as vegetables and meat will also be delivered to the facility.

Written with extracts translate from The Kobe Shimbun

May 24 2020

SANDA, Hyogo Prefecture – Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, will expand public support for facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities. “Supporting money” is provided for continuing work while the new coronavirus infection spreads. For residents who cannot meet their family to prevent infection, the city will subsidize the cost of purchasing equipment so that an “online visit” is possible. Local products such as vegetables and meat will also be delivered to the facility.

The support money will be provided to about 100 corporations operating the facilities in the city. The upper limit is 300,000 yen, which is 100,000 yen for moving-in type and 50,000 yen for visiting and visiting type. The total amount is expected to be 12 to 13 million yen.

Support for online visits is targeted at 15 nursing homes for the elderly such as nursing homes and group homes, and 11 facilities for the disabled. Assisting the purchase costs of tablet terminals and the maintenance of the communication environment so that residents can talk while looking at their family’s faces using the video call app.

Up to 100,000 yen per facility. Together with the support money, the city government will propose a supplementary budget proposal that includes a total project cost of 14.9 million yen to the regular assembly of the city council, which opens on June 5.

Furthermore, in order to support the management of welfare facilities, farmers, and food distributors, we will provide vegetables and meat produced in the city to the facilities. Approximately 950 people who will enter 15 nursing homes for the elderly and approximately 900 people who will enter 10 disability facilities will be targeted, and the cost will be around JPY 1,000 per person.

The city says, “We want to support welfare personnel who are working hard while there is a risk of mass infection.”

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