Nursing home shortage fixed
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.