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Local Gov’ts to Provide “Guardians” for Dementia Patients

(image: Korea Bizwire)

(image: Korea Bizwire)

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire)A public “guardian” program for dementia patients will be implemented in South Korea starting September 20.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced today that a proposed revision of the law that would provide the legal framework for the initiative was resolved at the Cabinet meeting level.

For patients who lack the capacity to appoint their own guardians, the system would allow for the head of municipalities to seek out civilian guardians and support their activities.

In order to be a viable candidate, guardian hopefuls must not possess qualities that could disqualify them as outlined by civil law.

In addition, applicants must complete a training program designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare that will aid further understanding about dementia and the guardian program.

Corporate bodies in addition to individuals armed with expertise and capacity in the field can also apply to become guardian entities.

Cho Chung-hyeon, the government official overlooking policy for dementia patients, said that the ministry would be providing support to ensure that the guardian program for dementia patients is rolled out smoothly.

H. S. Seo (hsseo@koreabizwire.com)

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