Tuesday 16 January 2018

Recourse needed for exploited older people

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall
Ombudsman Peter Tyndall


When an elderly person is mugged on the high street there is understandable revulsion, when it happens at institutional level, through fraud or sharp practice, there can be scarcely a murmur. Yet the stress and the sense of violation for the victim is still acute. As lobby groups for older people point out, they don't seek sympathy - but justice.

Today's Age Action report on top-up fees makes for unsettling reading, not just for the elderly, but for all of us - sooner or later we all grow old. The list of abuses is grave and includes: families being priced out of Fair Deal nursing homes and residents being charged for services they already had. One resident shelled out an extra €4,500.

Nursing homes should not need to be forced to spell out their charges clearly, and simply for the elderly; but if they need to be, so be it.

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