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Elderly Kiwis being detained in locked units

Neo-lib proponents by and large, from my observations, care little about the elderly. They turn them away from ambulance help when they fall. They are placing them into hospices that once were reserved for the terminally ill. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Watch out for your elderly people, if you care at all. They are not surplus to requirements, any more than you were surplus when you were newborn and couldn’t feed yourself or walk to the bathroom. And remember, you too will be old one day. Few people comment on the elderly posts yet old age is something none of us will escape unless of course we die young.

This article is from Newshub

Elderly Kiwis being detained in locked units

Hundreds of elderly Kiwis are living in secure dementia units even though they never agreed to live there, a new report has found.

The Human Rights Commission report considers legal and ethical concerns around the housing of an estimated 5000 elderly New Zealanders.

The report, called This Is Not My Home, collects essays from lawyers, doctors, academics and a District Court Judge about residential care of older people when that care is provided without the person’s consent.

According to the report, around 4000 New Zealanders are being detained in secure dementia units, with another 1000 in residential psychogeriatric facilities.

Disability Rights Commissioner and acting Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says very few of these people have formally consented to being held in these locked facilities.

“It is critical that appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure everyone’s rights and preferences are respected to the greatest extent possible,” says Ms Tesoriero.

“This requires a real commitment to actively support individual decision-making. I hope that the calls for law reform and change of practice identified by the contributors will be carefully considered by all those who can influence change in this area.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/08/elderly-kiwis-being-detained-in-locked-units.html?fbclid=IwAR1AYIeVt9LLVJNdO08bw24v0f1vboPXTDcjp8gxPE-t_EJJyP8Mg7U4LqM