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Families should take on more care tasks for relatives, says minister

Saturday 12 January 2013

Families should take more time to help their relatives who need extra care, junior health minister Martin van Rijn told a television talk show on Friday evening.

A bigger role for families would be a good way to keep care affordable, Van Rijn told the Pauw & Witteman show.

He says there should be agreement between family carers and the professional sector about ‘who can do what’. This would allow the elderly to get the help they need but at no extra cost.

Spending cuts

The government is planning to slash €1bn from the bill for home helps and nursing over the coming years. In addition, responsibility is being transferred from national to local government.

According to Saturday’s Parool, some 30,000 people in Amsterdam could be effected by the changes and council executive Eric van der Burg plans to ask the cabinet to re-examine the impact of the changes.

The cuts will among to up to €250m, he says, and will lead to some 20,000 people no longer getting home helps. In addition a further 3,500 people will not be considered eligible for a place in a nursing home.

‘It remains to be seen if the elderly and other Amsterdammers in need of care actually have a network to fall back on if they have to stay at home longer,’ SP councilor Maureen van der Pligt told the paper.

Should we be doing more to help elderly family members?

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

My mother got stroke in Feb. 2007. she was in hospital few h. But, could not walk over half year. We did not get a coin for that care or any other. So it must be.

By Family is only that matter | 12 January 2013 3:48 PM

"Families should take on more care tasks for relatives, says minister: , yup, just like in 3rd world countries, 'good idea, kind of like a step backwards..

If this is to be realized, then what's the point to all these high taxes?

By The visitor | 12 January 2013 5:00 PM

I would like to ask: Who will take care of those that have no family to help out?
I for one have no family or close friends that could help me

By dee | 12 January 2013 8:02 PM

Well, if you can, you should help your relatives of course.

However, many people come home from an 8-hour job + an X amount of hours stuck in traffic. Even if your job isn't demanding at all, it still exhausts, and then having to go over to a relative in the evening for your "second job" is just too much.

Then there's the weekends of course, but many people need the weekends to charge up for the coming week.

By Someone | 13 January 2013 12:53 AM

Social welfare reaches the logical conclusion....right back to where it was in the first place, with the family. And all the government did was waste a trillion euros in the process.

By Steve | 13 January 2013 1:16 AM

Now I understand why the less than helpful nurse suddenly started lecturing (ie blaming) my spouse for being responsible for me arriving in the NL healthy 3 yrs ago, and today being unable to walk. Dutch doctors should be denounced internationally!

By Dutch doctors' apathy ruined my health | 13 January 2013 9:42 AM

Sorry about your mother but how lucky and fortunate she was to have you looking after her every need. No coin for the hospital stay? All out of your pocket? How generous you. Feel good about yourself.

By Puck | 13 January 2013 10:40 AM

Netherlands has entered the race to the bottom.

By Pannekoek | 13 January 2013 10:52 AM

The government is planning to slash €1bn from the bill for home helps and nursing over the coming years. They should, the stories I know, I dread to ever need a home help, nurse or care home. Dignity, love and care are genuine from families and half the €1bn would go further in that support, not the governments pockets!

By The other side of the coin... | 13 January 2013 11:23 AM

I always thought it was great that this country cared for elderly and assistance at home for those who could not afford it. Isn't that we pay up to 52% of our income for? If that will be cut so should our taxes!

By M | 13 January 2013 11:36 AM

We pay exorbitant amount of tax for what actually....? To be given to greece and EU and build animal bridge apparently....

By Cendanasari | 13 January 2013 12:15 PM

This is a funny government. It can accept legalised gay marriages, legalised prostitution, legalised drug sale but cannot accept a normal marriage with someone outside EU especially when kids are involved. And now, they want to cut family benefits and increase taxes all the time. is this really a family friendly or anti family government?

By ufo | 13 January 2013 3:11 PM

@the visitor. I agree. High taxes for what? Less benefits all round. Yet we have to pay even more. I have an idea, let's get rid of half the politicians, that would save a fair bit.

By Expatio | 13 January 2013 4:17 PM

welfare is capitalist concept in order to exploit labour max. Connection among people shrink but there is always somebody.Belive in God and good luck.

By state as substitute for nuclear family | 13 January 2013 6:49 PM

Many old folks have no family, or no family left, to take care of them. This number is increasing in line with the increading numbers of peple remaing single and childless. Considering all the recent news regarding old people getting bathed only once every few days and neglected in many other ways in nursing facilities here already, this is not good news at all.

By B | 13 January 2013 7:31 PM

From the other side, the old retired Omas and Opas that are enjoying the freedom of their retirement could perhaps provide childcare for their family as well? Some do...most don't. Too many are busy enjoying their retirement to bother helping the family.

By H. | 14 January 2013 9:27 AM

How is same-sex marriage ANTI family? Seems rather PRO family to me.

What, ufo, do you think that if they weren't allowed to get married to each other, they'd marry someone of the opposite sex? Erm, no.

And equating that with prostitution and drugs is just disgusting.

By CW | 14 January 2013 10:44 AM

@H. And what are you looking forward to doing when you are the age of retirement...? Easy to tell someone else they should give up their dreams.

By NR | 14 January 2013 3:42 PM

The reason you don't see lower taxes after cuts like this is because we already have a budget DEFICIT and not a budget SURPLUS. Put in very simple terms, this country already spends MORE than it MAKES. You want to see lower taxes? Then get ready for a lot more cuts like this.

Why is it that basic math always seems to escape people when discussing government finances?

By The Dreamer | 14 January 2013 7:37 PM

@NR: my point was more that what goes around comes around. family support is a two way street, with everyone helping the others, not just the younger helping the older.

And you don't have to give up your dreams to help out...just be less selfish, or those you didn't help won't want to help you when you need it.

By H | 14 January 2013 9:48 PM

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