Morirse esperando la ayuda de Dependencia: “He dejado a mi madre ‘abandonada’ en el hospital”

Maria he can’t take care of his mother and he had to leave her at the hospital. She is outraged because her mother has been granted the help with dependency, but he has been waiting for a place in a residence for two years. Her case is not the only one, far from it. Last year alone, more than 45,000 people died without being treated under the dependency law.

“He doesn’t deserve his last days to be like this”

María has had to leave her 90-year-old mother ‘abandoned’ in the hospital because he cannot take care of her: “She doesn’t deserve her last days to be like this.” Eladia has cognitive impairment advanced and maximum degree of dependencybut they do not give him a place in a residence: he has been on the waiting list in Tenerife for two years.

Her children have been taking turns day and night with her brother, but they work, have children, and can no longer take care of her. “It’s very hard, very hard. You feel like you’re abandoned,” María says excitedly. She does not understand why they do not give her help if she is already granted: “If she already has the dependency, if she has already resolved it, why? And you do not receive any answer.”

He no longer knows where to turn. He tells us that they don’t have money to pay for two caregivers or a private residence. Her mother needs 24-hour care, she can barely move or speak. Her desperation has led her to leave her in the hospital: “It’s very hard, very hard,” she says, crying.

In May of this year she was admitted due to the progression of the disease and she never left there. She is in an area with more people who have received administrative discharge, but who have no one to take charge. “He’s in a cubicle, it’s not even a room. It’s sad to see it and there are a lot of people like that.”

“The disease progresses much faster than the paperwork”

“It’s very hard to see that your mother is no longer your mother.”

For months, María has been sharing videos on her social networks asking for help. “It’s exasperating, anxiety eats my family. It’s very hard to see that your mother is no longer your mother. That destroys you emotionally. “We don’t know where to go or which door to knock on,” she said. “The disease advances much faster than the paperwork in the Public Administration. “They don’t realize the suffering they cause families.”

From the Tenerife Council They acknowledge that there are “deficiencies”, but add that they are going to provide more resources and create more social and health care places. “Unfortunately there has not been enough improvement, to offer him a place and give him a way out,” says Francisco Candil, deputy minister of Social Welfare. He says that they are working on executing a second social-health plan “that creates those 10,000 places in the Canary Islands” and also implementing “emergency protocols that allow these people who are admitted and who have to leave to continue receiving social-health care to do so.” .

Some need a financial benefit, others a place in a socio-health center and others a domestic help service. It is the case of Jorge, In Malaga. Is blind, His wife also suffers from a degree of disability and they have two little girls. He needs help “for cleaning and help with housework.”

“Time passes and nothing… The day it arrives we will celebrate it after so long,” he says resignedly. The problem is that 123 dependent people die every day waiting for help that does not come and that they need.

More than 45,000 people died without receiving dependency help

It is a reality that happens in all communities. They go very slow. According to the report of the State Association of Directors and Managers of Social Services, more than 45,360 people died last year on waiting lists Almost half had already been granted.

The latest data from September shows that 190,695 people are in limbo, pending evaluation or receiving the benefit. That is, one dies every 12 minutes without being attended to by the Dependency Law. The average waiting time to receive it in our country is 324 days, about 10 months. The contribution of the CCAA to dependency spending was reduced by 98 million euros last year while the lists increased, more than 17,966 people.

Source: Antena3

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