SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Sep 9 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The counselor of Social Action of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Marian Franquet, has launched this Thursday a message of “absolute tranquility” about the network of centers for the elderly that depend on the corporation and certified the “quality” of the services beyond what it can have some small deficiency.
“Our elders are cared for,” he commented in an interview with ‘Cope Tenerife’ and collected by Europa Press in which he points out that the report from the Diputación del Común does not include any residence linked to the Cabildo.
However, Franquet has commented that “it is obvious” that there is a lack of inspectors to carry out a more “scrupulous” monitoring of the activity carried out in the centers, both public, private and subsidized.
He has indicated that this lack of inspections “is recognized by all” and is aggravated because in recent years there has been a great growth in the number of places, especially private ones, and that “it has not been coupled” with the increase in media of control.
Franquet has also pointed out that Tenerife doubles the number of private residences with respect to Gran Canaria, something that he attributes to a “model of many years” in which the policies for the elderly have had a “business concept” that has “short-term costs. long term”.
The counselor does not doubt that it is “legitimate” that companies can do business with these facilities but there is a risk that they will forget that they are based on a “social right of people” and that it is not “optional” as it usually be bound by the lack of availability to care for a senior.
On the report of the Diputación del Común, he pointed out that “the sampling is small” and there are no deficiencies in the 25 that were inspected, although it is not obvious that since the services are not fulfilled in one “it is enough” to generate the alarm.
Even so, he has specified that “it is not a generalized situation” and asks that “no one think” that the largest of the islands “live among cockroaches, bed bugs and rats” and are not well fed and cared for. “It is not a generalized reality but there are cases where it is necessary to intervene,” he stressed.
Likewise, he pointed out that the report corresponds to 2019 and as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the relationship between public administrations and entities and social centers has been “tightened”, so the monitoring that is done is “closer” and It obliges to comply with the quality subscribed in the agreements entered into.
THE FAMILIES HAVE TO BE “TRANQUILIZED”
Franquet has affirmed that the inspection of the centers falls on the autonomous community, although that “does not mean” so that the Cabildo, for example, has the “moral obligation” to know what happens in the centers and for them the teams of I work at the IASS.
However, the socialist councilor has insisted on “reassuring the families” before the “headlines” they have seen in the media and maintains that outbreaks of scabies, for example, can occur, because in many centers people are cared for. vulnerable, but the important thing is to have “tools to act immediately and not spread.”