Dear Marie, I enjoyed reading your idea; it is really great. I am sure you can crowdsource an inspirational video-encyclopedia of small acts which can be fed into YouTube, local radios and tv channels. Very exciting. May I suggest not to use black-for-bad-white-for-good color coding for wolves?
Hi, Karoline. Sorry for replying late. I am not an expert in the area, however I visited a few websites concerning the carer systems in Turkey. Some of the findings or insights (plus personal observations):
* In Turkey, it is almost always (over %95) *women* who take care of the elderly family members at home (where they live together). This is usually the rule, as far as I know, in small towns, in rural areas, in low-income households, and *especially* in the households where women do not work. Traditionally, looking after children and/or the elderly is considered to be a woman's responsibility. This is the traditional "option".
* Turkey has changed dramatically in terms of urban population (currently over %75). Institutional care has been gaining more importance in major cities. Although insufficient in number (and perhaps not affordable for many families) there are private and public nursing centers. Although currently very limited in number, there are also day-care centers or social activity clubs for the elderly.
I noticed that a municipality in Turkey provides routine services (cleaning, cooking, personal care, etc.) for the elderly who live alone and who are in need. I also noticed that cleaning (cleaning the apartment, washing dishes, laundry, etc.) is the service with the highest number of request.
* Another trend in major towns in Turkey is to hire a woman (typically, an immigrant worker from Moldovia or Georgia) to take care of the elderly family member in the elderly person's own apartment. This option is considered to be a socially more acceptable one in comparison to the institutional care. However, we can say that this option is not affordable for many families.
* Women's labour force participation is low (%25-28) in Turkey. In conservative sections in particular, women are strongly encouraged to stay at home. The experts are also drawing attention to the fact that the number of (affordable) kindergartens and nursing centres for the elderly are insufficient in Turkey. Very interesting and complex pattern...
* For Turkey, we need to take into account that women care givers may lack technological means and/or skills and/or proper education.