[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quarta-feira, 14 de junho de 2017

Report finds human rights abuses in Europe’s nursing homes

The report pointed out that in many cases, elderly persons were admitted to care homes without their consent.
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An EU-funded report published by the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) found severe human rights abuses of older persons in nursing homes.

According to the European Commission, in 2015, 18.5% of the Europe’s population was aged more than 65 years while by 2060 it is expected to rise to 30% due to the growing ageing population.

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Conducted in six European countries (Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania), the survey noted that currently, 0.8-20% people older than 65 years receive formal long-term care in Europe and 3.3% in residential settings.

Ciara O’Dwyer, the coordinator of the project, told EURACTIV.com that care workers do their best for their residents; however, there are remarkable shortcomings.

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