Nurs­ing home short­age fixed

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Sa­man­tha Kett RES­I­DEN­TIAL nurs­ing home and day-cen­tre short­ages in the prov­ince of Va­len­cia are grad­u­ally be­ing mopped up, with plans an­nounced this week to build one of each in Gan­dia (La Safor) and Llíria (Camp de Túria).

The lat­ter, aimed at the phys­i­cally and men­tally dis­abled, will serve the en­tire district and pro­vide much-needed back-up, since Llíria cur­rently only has space for 35 in its oc­cu­pa­tional cen­tre and seven in its war­den-as­sisted homes.

Both new fa­cil­i­ties in the Camp de Túria town may be funded by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, or Diputación de Va­len­cia, via its ex­ten­sive in­fra­struc­ture plan – at least, deputy re­gional pres­i­dent Mònica Ol­tra is work­ing on it.

“We need to be able to guar­an­tee that ev­ery­one has the same rights, ir­re­spec­tive of the town they live in,” she says.

“This means in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture should fol­low ob­jec­tive cri­te­ria, and not just hap­pen be­cause the mayor is friends with the de­vel­oper.”

In Gan­dia, the new nurs­ing home and day cen­tre will be for the el­derly, both pub­lic, but man­aged pri­vately.

A de­vel­oper has ap­proached the coun­cil and of­fered to build them with a to­tal €5 mil­lion, of­fer­ing spa­ces for 200 res­i­dents and 50 day-cen­tre at­ten­dees, cre­at­ing around 50 di­rectly-linked new and per­ma­nent jobs in the process.

It will be in the Grau de Gan­dia, off the main port road in the Les Foies area near the Fort-Llopis foot­ball ground and the in­fant school.

Gan­dia coun­cil says it had planned to build these for some years, but has never had the funds, mean­ing the pri­vate de­vel­oper's ap­pli­ca­tion is very wel­come.

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