People living in care homes will have the right to a daily shower and to go outside on a daily basis, junior health minister Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten told MPs in a briefing on Tuesday.
‘If an elderly person wishes to shower every day, they must be able to make that agreement and trust it will be adhered to,’ the junior minister said.
Similarly, people who want to go outside should be able to do so, either with or without support, the minister said.
The measures are contained in new draft legislation on residential care which has now been sent to parliament.
In particular, the legislation will be a support for care workers who will have to meet the agreements, the minister said.
There has been rising concern about poor standards at many nursing homes because of pressure on budgets and the lack of qualified staff.
Trade union Abvakabo welcomed the minister’s plans but said things will only improve in care homes when there are more staff.
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