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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #235 - Retirement Homes: Gold and gray of silence (fr, pt) [machine translation]
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:50:17 +0200
Abuse, neglect, people over 90 years' trademarks emergency "for non-payment by the family.
That daily in Establishments for hosting frail elderly (nursing homes), modern name of
nursing homes or homes for the aged. ---- Nursing homes are largely properties of the
private sector itself in the hands of often very large groups (DomusVi, Dolca / Vendome
Orpea Korian, Emera ...) and sometimes very wealthy CEO. Is that old, it can pay big
dividends: the "white gold". ---- When we get information for a home there is no shortage
of luxury brochures touting the quality of reception. But quality comes at a price: on
average from 2 500 to 3 000 euros per month. Some institutions may reach 5,000 euros or
more. Obviously these are not all retirees are who can afford it! And conditions of
support (people often dependent) are not always up ....
Increasingly, staff number is insufficient to support an up to the rates charged and the
quality deteriorates: wait times ringtones that extends, or lack of response, maintenance
dubious premises, lack staff to eat those unable to do so alone, isolated residents
"forgot-es", animation and presence particularly deficient elderly deficit, not to mention
the decisions taken by medical officers sometimes without even informing the families ...
Of course there are "instances" where residents and residents and their families can
express themselves. The Council of social life (CVS) to meet mandatory quarterly. But this
instance is only "advisory" so "users-clients" are powerless except to present their
grievances without any obligation for directions to follow.
On "instances" of control (such as regional health agency) should not rely on them for
disturbing a well-oiled mechanism where the private sector and fattens overcomes neglect
of public services. When sometimes visits LRA are not announced, the opinion of residents
is asked (knowing that many of them have declining capacity) but not that of their family
or indeed "representatives of families" in CVS. Curious is not it?
As for the "quality services", "satisfaction surveys" and even "reporting forms," ââthis
is all handled internally and there are little consequences for complaint ...
To top it off, the staff is encouraged not to report too malfunctions and when it does the
direction or minimizes choking. If, unfortunately, a rebellious employee of this state of
affairs is trying to inform families, may sanctions for misconduct.
Conclude by affirming our solidarity with the employee-es in this sector are facing harsh
working conditions for menial tasks and often unrewarding pay.
Henri (friend AL)
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