Minister Conny Helder of Long-term Care expects that elderly people with dementia will soon continue to live at home. With support from home and informal care and technical innovations. Extra nursing home places, as we know them now, are hardly being added, if at all. That’s what Helder says Reporting point on Friday, March 25 at 7:50 PM at MAX on NPO 2.
Elderly care under pressure
Elderly care is under pressure due to a lack of money, nursing home places and staff, in combination with a rapidly increasing number of elderly people in need of care. More than 18,000 people in need of care are on the waiting list for long-term care. Nursing homes can no longer manage their schedules due to high absenteeism and staff shortages. Reporting point has shown that in home care, due to the same staff shortage, help is not provided directly to elderly people with dementia. The shortages will only increase in the coming years due to the rapidly increasing aging of the population.
Minister Conny Helder: focus on living at home for as long as possible
Minister Conny Helder tells in Reporting point that the cabinet focuses on prevention and living at home for as long as possible. She expects that in the future elderly people, including those with dementia, will be able to continue living at home. “We will keep the 130,000 nursing home places that we now have. But we can’t shape the growth of 25,000 nursing home places we need in the same way, because we don’t have the employees for that.” For those who can no longer receive nursing care at home, a nursing home place must be available, says Helder. The minister also explains that she is in talks with health insurers to remove unnecessary rules and thus reduce bureaucracy. Anneke Westerlaken of the sector association of care organizations Actiz responds to the statements by Minister Helder.
further in Reporting point: lawsuit against Menzis for double premium paid
Jan Wegdam discovers that his disabled son Rogier, who resides in an institution, has been insured twice for dental costs for years. He has additional dental insurance for him, while the stay in the institution, including a dentist, is reimbursed on the basis of the Long-term Care Act. The same happens to Jan Ekelenkamp, father of Anne, who has had an intellectual disability from birth.
Health insurer Menzis reluctantly reimburses 83,000 in health care premiums to injured clients. But the health insurer, according to Wegdam, continues to sell dental insurance to parents and client representatives of disabled people. Next week, the lawsuit of a group of Twente parents of children with an intellectual disability against Menzis.
Elles de Bruin looks ahead with Boris van der Ham of the Netherlands Disability Care Association and Pouwel van de Siepkamp of KansPlus, an interest group for the mentally handicapped.
Reporting point: Friday 25 March at 19.50 at MAX on NPO 2.