ANDALUCIA and the Valencian Community are not providing enough geriatric places for people aged 65 and over.

The claim is made in a report from the Association of Directors and Managers of Social Services.

They say that the two regions are the main offenders in Spain for not reaching the ratio of five geriatric beds for every 100 inhabitants, as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Andalusia has a deficit of 31,475 places with a deficit of 23,485 in the Valencian Community.

Castilla y León has the largest number of geriatric beds with more than enough resources for its population.

According to the study, Spain reached 397,443 vacancies in 2021 (7,766 more than the previous year), after the break in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the national level, 76,350 geriatric beds are still needed to reach the ratio of five beds per 100 inhabitants established by the WHO.

In a statement, the Social Services Association said: “Residential homes for the elderly continue to be a great need in our country, due to the increase in the elderly population and those in a situation of dependency and the need for long-term care.”

He noted that in 2014 more than 53,000 beds were needed.

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