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Norway nursing homes get staff thumbs down. 80 percent of those who take care of the elderly in Norway do not wish to grow old in a nursing home, reports say. According to a joint survey conducted by NUMGE (Union of Municipal and General Employees) and NRK’s consumer inspectors (FBI), just one out of five of also answer they think it is not a problem if they end up at a nursing home. "I would certainly not have chosen to grow old in a nursing home even though I think that you get the medical help you need there. This is something that is also supported by other studies. I believe this applies to all other people,” Helge Eide, Director for Policy at employers’ organisation the Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), commented to the broadcaster.

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Norway nursing homes get staff thumbs down

Published on Tuesday, 3rd April, 2012 at 14:53 under the news category, by John Price   .

80 percent of those who take care of the elderly in Norway do not wish to grow old in a nursing home, reports say.

Elderly people in Funchal (illus. ph.)
Elderly people in Funchal (illus. ph.)
Photo: Pedrosimoes7/Flickr


According to a joint survey conducted by NUMGE (Union of Municipal and General Employees) and NRK’s consumer inspectors (FBI), just one out of five of also answer they think it is not a problem if they end up at a nursing home.

"I would certainly not have chosen to grow old in a nursing home even though I think that you get the medical help you need there. This is something that is also supported by other studies. I believe this applies to all other people,” Helge Eide, Director for Policy at employers’ organisation the Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), commented to the broadcaster.

Some statements from nurses who wish to remain anonymous are damning. One said, “One is lonely and abandoned in nursing homes in Norway. Patients are treated as children and sometimes as animals. They cannot eat or sleep when they want. They are fed with sleeping medicines.”

“I’ve told my children that I’d rather take pills and die if I become demented or in need of care before I get admitted to a nursing home,” declared another.

The results are in stark contrast to last year’s OECD (Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development) findings, where they stated Norway was the world’s third best country in the world in providing care for the elderly.

At the time, it was revealed Norway uses 2.2 percent of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) sustaining the elderly care system, beaten only by behind Sweden and the Netherlands at 3.9 percent.

Norwegian Institute for Research on Childhood, Welfare and Ageing (NOVA) researcher Svein Olav Daatland stated, “Norwegian elderly care is better than its reputation.”

The results of the recent NUMGE/NRK survey have not gone down well with Nurses’ Organisation leader, Eli Gunhild, however, who was “surprised and almost shocked.”

"These answers do not mean that there is a correlation between the quality of services at nursing homes and that the employees do not even wish to end up there,” said KS’ Helge Eide. 

He added, “It’s the absolute sickest of them all who come to nursing homes, and ending up there is no dream situation. I'm almost more surprised that as many as 21 percent of the nurses answered that they would like to grow old in a nursing home if they could choose."

1,474 randomly selected nurses from nursing homes across the country took part in the survey.



Published on Tuesday, 3rd April, 2012 at 14:53 under the news category, by John Price   .

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