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Out of time: Elderly care in Germany

Rosa Lopez from Spain has been a care worker for 20 years. She loves her job, but it’s getting ever harder to do it properly. Germany has a shortfall of about 30,000 care workers.

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Germany’s governing coalition is planning to invest billions to tackle the nursing crisis, boosting the workforce and hiking wages. The initiative will go into effect at the start of 2019, with the creation of some 13,000 new jobs. Care worker Rosa Lopez welcomes the move, but she’s skeptical that the positions can be filled. For now she’s under constant pressure, torn between a desire to help her patients as best she can and the need to move onto the next as fast as possible. Meanwhile, the number of people in need of care is rising in Germany every year. Out of Time Elderly Care in Germany A Report by Birgitta Schülke