Their main goal in Spain is to address the problem of ageing with these actions:
– To promote active and healthy ageing in the population over 50 years through comprehensive intervention on healthy lifestyles and on the environment and safe behaviours in coordination between health and family-community levels.
- To prevent functional decline and promote health and emotional well-being in the population over 70 years promoting the coordination of comprehensive interventions in the health, social and community services.
The known phenomenon of aging of the population will, as advertised all demographic projections, a striking growth in Spain.
According to many surveys and studies where citizens want to receive assistance once they are older, the answer is in a familiar environment qualified to provide professional care and, in time, receive the required support.
90% of elderly people live in homes of their own and receiving the necessary care and attention is not only the preferred option but it’s also cheaper, even if having to improve or adapt many of these homes. So there has been a strong commitment from the government that new homes are designed taking into account accessibility criteria, so that they can continue living in them even when they need constant care, preserving the maximum independence of persons.
Today, still according to this study of the Caser Foundation, 15% of people in situations of dependency live in a residence, 14% goes to a day center and 37% are at home but with foreign aid .
According to data obtained, in Spain the first choice is to stay home. 34% of people who need care, refuse to go to a nursing home, but that 58% of households seek temporary solutions against this option and, in 54% of cases, economic problems make it impossible to go to a center.