Elderly must arrange care themselves

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Many elderly will be arranging their own care and household assistance in the future. This is the conclusion from the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) in a report published on Thursday.

29 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Many elderly will be arranging their own care and household assistance in the future. This is the conclusion from the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) in a report published on Thursday.

The SCP expects that the demand for nursing and care will rise by 34 percent between 2006 and 2030, while the number of people 65 and over will increase by 63 percent.

The SCP says the demand for household help will grow by 31 percent, while the number of claims for household help arranged by the government will see an 18-percent increase.

The SCP says that many elderly will be relatively healthy and prosperous in their old age. The will be able to do much for themselves. And if they need help, they will arrange that themselves, via private home help companies for instance.

The figures show that in theory 40 percent more people will need to be in nursing homes by 2030. Still this rise will only come to 32 percent in the end, since people will be able to live independently in their own homes longer, the planning bureau predicts.

Since they are financially stronger, they will also be able to adapt their homes better to their needs, the SCP says.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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