Prof. Dr. Hatice Jenkins, Chairperson of the Association of Elderly Rights and Mental Health, pointed out that all the state nursing homes in our country are full and said, “There is no place to put a single person.”
Jenkins, who posted on her personal social media account on the subject, said, “Given our rapidly aging population and the economic crisis we are experiencing, it is certain that even worse days are ahead for our disadvantaged homeless elderly in 2024.”
Here is her full statement:
“State nursing homes in our country are completely full. There is no place to put a single person, until an elderly person dies and there is room for another elderly person. Considering our rapidly aging population and the economic crisis we are experiencing; it is certain that even worse days await our disadvantaged homeless elderly in 2024.
Most of us do not know, but we have many elderly orphans waiting in hospitals even though their treatment is over. Because they have no place to go.
And yet, what measures has the government taken and is taking for our poor elderly people? What have our authorities done or are planning to do about it?
We are anxiously awaiting. Because we have a feeling that this area, which has been neglected for years, will be neglected again. To alleviate these concerns, we would like to ask the government: While you are currently preparing the 2024 draft budget:
1. Who owns the state-owned Kalkanlı Life Home, the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Labour? Have you put the necessary resources in the 2024 budget for the repair and rehabilitation of this nursing home, personnel and other expenses?
2. Have you included the necessary resources for the construction, equipment, personnel and other expenses of Lapta Nursing Home, which is also a state nursing home, and the construction of which continues with the help of a sponsor, in the 2024 budget?
3. The repair of the Sınırüstü Care Home has not been completed for a year and a half, it is still unclear who it belongs to, it is not clear who will be under its management. Nothing about Sınırüstü is as transparent, as always. Why?
How is it to ignore the exhaustion of existing homes when there is so much need for care homes in the community?
We are waiting for an answer”.
Source: Bağımsız Gazete