Austerity elderly care inevitable, greater appeal to informal caregivers too

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The trade association for institutions for elderly care, Actiz, says that the quality of that care will come under pressure in the foreseeable future and that we must now consider how we will organize elderly care in the future. A greater appeal will be made to informal caregivers.

“We have to realize that we are at the start of something that is really going to be big,” said director Ronald Schmidt NOS Radio 1 Journal after reporting de Volkskrant. He is referring to the increase in the number of elderly people and the number of people with dementia, while the supply of working people is actually decreasing. As a result, a chronic staff shortage threatens in elderly care.

Earlier this month it turned out the waiting lists for nursing homes are already increasing. “We see the first signs of something that will become our new reality in the coming years.”

According to Schmidt, the extra money this cabinet has reserved for care homes only offers a solution for the short term. “It is becoming increasingly difficult to find staff. That means that we have more and more elderly people waiting for a place. So the problem is wider than just whether there is enough room in care homes.”

Finger pointing is no longer possible

Schmidt believes that a social discussion is needed. “Pointing the finger at politics or insurers is really not enough. This is a social issue that we should consider together how we will solve it in the coming years.”

The most important thing is that we create realistic expectations, Schmidt said. “If we expect it to stay as it is now and that it should only get a little better over the next twenty years, we will disappoint each other. There must be a realistic debate about what we expect from healthcare, but also from each other.”

Good care, but different

First of all, it is important that the influx to care homes is curbed, by stimulating longer living at home. In addition, nursing homes must give caregivers more space to do something for their loved ones. “It really has to become normal again that you can, may or maybe also have to do something for your father or mother in the nursing home.”

It is nonsense to evoke the image of a crisis right now, Schmidt said. “That is not the case, but we must realize that we are already seeing the first signs of the challenge that will come our way in the coming years. If we start taking it now, we can continue to provide very good care in terms of level that we are used to, but different. “

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