The Xunta plans to reduce the number of beds in nursing homes for the elderly. The current regulation establishes that the centers must have 5% of the total of their places in beds in the infirmary. In short, centers that, due to their number of residents, are required to have this service in their facilities will be able to reduce capacity to 3% of the total places in the residence hall.
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The beds that remain with this new arrangement may be converted into new places for users and the owners of the residences will have one year to request the change. The areas designated for infirmaries will maintain a maximum of four beds per room and reserve a room for situations that require isolation. The Department of Politics explains that this modification is made to adapt “to the trend of the sector”, in which the elderly tend to be cared for in their own rooms to avoid disorientation situations, among others. The Xunta department assures that practically all communities are governed by this 3% criterion or do not specify a minimum that companies must comply with.
Social Policy plans other reforms in the conditions of the centers for the elderly. One of them is the number of authorized beds per room. The current norm that regulates the conditions in which the users of these centers live, and which was approved 24 years ago, places the maximum number of people who can live in a room at four, although exceptionally and in the case of users ” affected by severe disabilities “. As of the approval of the document, the maximum number of people who can share a bedroom in elderly residents will be two. In addition, the number of users per bathroom is reduced, from six currently to four.
These modifications occur when the Xunta is rethinking the nursing home model, in a context in which almost half of the people who died from COVID-19 during the pandemic in Galicia lived in these centers. Social Policy has not advanced what will be the changes in the system beyond that it will be carried out with the collaboration of the Department of Health and will “dialogue” with the sector.
The department introduces these changes in the modification of the order that regulates claims in the social services sector and that will be approved shortly, as long as it complies with its period of public exposure and two internal procedures. The regulations will allow the presentation of complaints through electronic means, both for the people who receive the services and for the companies, which have the obligation to send the Xunta a copy of the claims they receive, as well as the background and the actions they have taken to manage the complaint.