01 Nov 2017

Senior care will go from bad to worse in Slovakia

Slovakia is facing a dire dearth of care facilities for elders. It is virtually impossible to find a place unless someone dies.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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Why this story matters:

Slovakia's population is aging, but Slovak society is nothing short of unprepared to face this demographic shift. The dearth of care facilities for elders is so dire that it is virtually impossible to find a place unless someone dies.

Furthermore, even healthy seniors who do not need assisted living are not sufficiently cared for under the current conditions. There are no community centers, no programmes allowing them to meet and socialize.

If senior Slovak citizens do not have strong family or friend ties, they are condemned to an utterly lonely end of life. And yet where is this issue in the ongoing pre-election political discourse? Not a single regional authority seems alarmed by what is clearly an alarming situation.

Details from the story:

  • More than 1300 people are waiting for places in specialized institutions for people with health problems -- e.g. for seniors with Alzheimer or Parkinson.
  • Self-governing regions in Slovakia can help build these specialized institutions, but they show a concerning lack of interest
  • Slovakia has more than a million senior citizens (out of 5,5 million residents).
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