Old people can wait 10 years for care home vacancy

“Old people’s homes have no capacity to respond”, reports SIC Notícias today, citing Vila do Conde where the Santa Casa da Misericórdia has almost 250 seniors on a waiting list. “The least urgent cases can wait 10 years for a place…” And even here, a place will cost roughly 1,600 per month which is almost always a lot more than old people’s pensions can cover. There is a plan for the construction of a second old people’s home in Vila do Conde, says SIC … but it will take “at least two years”.

Portugal Resident