Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
Aging is the critical social issue in Japan. The elderly population has exceeded 20% and 5 million of these elderly need nursing care. On the contrary, we have serious shortage of doctors and nurses. The gap is estimated as 560 thousands nurses, which is resulted by difficulties to recruit new nurse versus retiring population, 120 thousand inflow versus 145 thousand outflow a year.
As a result, many families have to choose nursing by families and it cause increasing number of accident and inappropriate care.
Shortage of nurses can be solved by utilizing these “Potential Nurse Resources” who has license as a nurse but not in their job is estimated as 550 thousand. Currently we have 6,000 home-visit nursing stations, which is far below the demand. The cause of this issue is the regulation which requires more than 2.5 nurses for one nursing station. We have been lobbying the government to allow even one nurse to open nursing station in rural area.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
The founder, Yumi Sugawara resigned her job at her marriage, after she worked as a nurse at ICU. She eventually took care of her mother-in-law hospitalized for terminal cancer and realized the importance of home-visit nursing by her word “If we have you at home, I can stay home because you are allowed to handle drip infusion”. Seeing her mother-in-law regained her energy after coming back to home to spend her last moment of life, Yumi decided to devote to home-visit nursing.
At the same time, she found the potential of potential nurses who can utilize their skills even they have left the hospitals some time ago. With the desire to provide peace and security to the families who is tired of nursing, she came up with an idea of “home-visiting nurse” association and established CANNUS in 1996. She also started her care provision business Nursecare in 1998.