The Association of Companies providing Services for Dependents (Aeste), which groups together large operators of nursing homes in Spain, such as DomusVi, Sanitas and Ballesol, wants the Government to consider a move from the current residential model towards a more medicalised system. The high number of deaths in nursing homes due to coronavirus in Spain has called into question the continuity of the current model. Although around a hundred lawsuits opened by the Prosecutor’s Office still remain open, the large operators are thinking about the future.
The transformation of the sector would involve a significant cost for the public coffers, especially those of the autonomous communities, which is the administrative level responsible for these centres. However, “in reality, the pressure in hospitals would be alleviated, which is why it would mean transferring funds from one sector to another”, explains the Secretary General of Aeste, Jesús Cubero.