Thursday, October 28

An inspection reveals that a private residence in Donostia had the elderly 14 hours without eating


An inspection report dated September 17 reveals that the Txara I residence in Donostia, a public building that is managed under concession by the private company Biharko Gipuzkoa, does not meet the minimum ratios of doctors, nurses, monitors, physiotherapists and psychologists. It has also been found that up to 14 hours can pass between dinner and breakfast times. The inspectors of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, which is the competent institution in matters of residences, also ask the managing company to justify why it has made such peculiar decisions as restricting the consumption of juices or yoghurts among users.

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The inspection took place on September 1 following a complaint from the ELA union. It was an “unannounced” visit to check out a number of apparent deficiencies in service. The review coincided with a small outbreak of COVID-19 by the positive of two workers, which meant that the users of the first and third plants were in quarantine. At Txara-I, at that time, 116 users completed their lives. There is also another complex called Txara-II, one of the ten that currently has active cases of coronavirus in the Basque Country

One of the main points of the ELA complaint was that the dinners were offered very early, even that “they started at 6.45 pm”. The management denied these facts but did admit that they were offered between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. “From the inspection section it is wanted to emphasize that starting dinners at 7:00 p.m. and not starting with breakfasts at 9:30 a.m. supposes that there are 14 hours from one meal to another”, warns the report, which proposes a new schedule with breakfasts at 7.30. at 10.00 and dinners from 19.30 to 21.30 with two other batches during the day for meals and snacks.

At the same time, nutritional and health reasons were alleged to justify the limitation of the distribution of juices or yoghurts. It was also said that the elderly consumed more material in the rooms than necessary, in reference to toilet paper, for example. “It is not in order to save but to carry out an adequate control.” The inspection does not object to the issue of the material, but it does ask for a detailed report that justifies the withdrawal of some foods that were previously offered “on demand.”

In terms of personnel, the required ratios for assistants are met, but only in that professional category. The same does not happen with the doctor – the doctor’s vacations were not covered with anyone – or with the nurses – in August the usual changes did not take place – and there is directly no physiotherapist – ignorance was alleged that it was a mandatory figure -. The psychiatry service was offered by telephone since the beginning of the pandemic and its return was demanded for at least two hours a month, while the psychology team also failed to comply with the ratios. The monitors in charge of activities with the elderly are not enough either. It so happens that the staff in these areas perform “reception functions”, for example.

Three deaths in a week in Betharram (Hondarribia)

The weekly balance of COVID-19 in Basque residences shows a significant decrease in active cases and outbreaks. 38 are the most infected, 22 in Bizkaia (from four residences), 14 in Gipuzkoa (divided into five outbreaks) and 2 in Álava (both from Jesús Guridi, in Vitoria). It has been over a hundred at times in recent weeks. Neither Bizkaia nor Álava have reported new outbreaks in the last seven days, according to sources from the respective Provincial Councils. In the case of Gipuzkoa, the most critical situation occurs in Betharram, where four of the ten people who have contracted Sars-Cov-2 have already died, three of them in the last seven days. I know of the circumstance that this center, of the Caser chain, was one of the first to receive vaccines back on December 27, 2020, when the historic campaign began throughout the European Union.

On the other hand, in the case of Álava, this week the creation of a new center called Arabarren II in Salburua, in Vitoria, has become known. It is the same “public social collaboration model” as Arabarren I, that is, with the participation of private companies. This coincides with the loss of entirely public places in the city, those of the San Prudencio municipal center, as reported by its works council and collects ‘Gasteiz Hoy’.


In our interactive specials, you can consult all the data on the evolution of the pandemic in Euskadi, Over the positive and deceased in each and every one of the residences in Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa and the advance day to day of the vaccination campaign. We also have maps with the most prominent shoots.





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