The dependency limbo is reduced by 1,074 people

Stock image of a person pushing a dependent's wheelchair. / Juan Carlos Alonso

9,362 canaries with the right continue without their benefit. The islands increase the number of beneficiaries by 6.1% and register 3,337 PIA between January and June of this year

Louisa del Rosario

The dependency system in the Canary Islands is beginning to show signs of improvement. This is highlighted by the data for the first half of 2022 that was released yesterday by the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (Imserso) of the Ministry of Social Rights.
In January of this year there were 10,436 people with the right to dependency recognized on the islands, on June 30 the figure had dropped to 9,748, 10.29% less than six months before, which represents a drop of 1,074 people.

The archipelago has also increased the number of people with recognized rights, specifically
at the end of June there were 2,263 more people than in January of this year, going from 37,001 to 39,264 in six months. This represents a growth of 6.1%. But if we go a year earlier, growth is 13.1%, as 4,567 fewer people have recognized their dependency.

Precisely the difference between people who have recognized the right and who still do not receive benefits is what forms the limbo of dependency. That is why it is noteworthy that in the islands, in addition, the number of recognized beneficiaries and with Individualized Care Plan has increased in this first semester
(PIA) approved, going from the 26,565 people who had their right recognized to have a service or economic provision to 29,902 at the end of June, the highest figure . There are 3,337 more people, 12.56%.

According to the tables of the System for Autonomy and Dependency Care (SAAD) of the annual variation analyses, as of June 30 of this year, the annual variation rate between June 2021 and June 2022 is 13.2% in the evolution of people entitled to benefits in the Canary Islands. 4,567 people.

Economic benefits increase by 17.6%

The lack of residential resources and day places in the Canary Islands for people with dependency is one of the handicaps that Social Rights had to face and that implied a bottleneck leaving thousands of people in limbo. To alleviate this, the Director of Dependency, Marta Arocha, said when she took over in January of this year that she was going to enhance economic benefits. And so it has been. In the first six months of the year, economic benefits linked to service have grown by 17.6%, going from 8,258 in January 2022 to 9,714 in June this year. The one linked to prevention services has especially grown, which increased by 23%, and that of home help (15.47%).

The SAAD also highlights the increase in the benefits that Dependency is providing in the Canary Islands, which has gone from 28,747 in December 2021 to 33,152 on June 30 of this year.

A few weeks ago, the Common Council wondered about the low number of dependency requests on the islands compared to other communities.
This figure has also increased by 681 in the last six months.although it must be taken into account that the system on the islands has registered 4,115 registrations and 4,324 cancellations, as well as 3,781 deaths throughout this first semester.

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