‘Care of the elderly by municipalities inadequate’

‘Care of the elderly by municipalities inadequate’

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Elderly people with fragile health have a lot more help and support than their carers can provide. Municipalities see that is not satisfactory, according to research by Patiëntenfederatie the Netherlands.

This is evident from a survey among the stakeholders that Patiëntenfederatie the Netherlands and carried out in collaboration with 22 organisations of patients, health care providers and settings. 4672 elderly people with fragile health, their relatives and health care workers filled in a questionnaire.

48 percent of the elderly and neighbors, and 95% of the employees says bottlenecks experienced in the care and support of older people with health problems.

According to the respondents, is now by the municipalities too much of it is assumed that the social network is a part of care can deliver. 40 percent of the elderly indicates a lot more help than what mantelzorgende neighbors, family and friends in the practice can offer.

A quarter of the elderly people find that their home environment often does not match what they need. They would like to be in a safe environment to live, in sheltered housing units, care facilities, or the old home.


Also, obtaining the appropriate tools from the municipality, often proves to be a problem. 57 percent of the staff says that this is not proceeds properly . 47 percent of the elderly, and neighbors say not enough to be informed to make a choice for a healthcare provider.

Since the decentralisation of the care municipalities are responsible for the care of the elderly, but the money available and the facilities prove to be in practice greatly vary between different municipalities, according to the research.

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