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Home nursing to be provided on a round-the-clock basis

By Iceland Review

Home nursing will be increased so that it can be provided in the evenings, at weekends and at night when necessary, said Health Minister Siv Fridleifsdóttir when presenting her aims for improving services for geriatrics at a press conference yesterday. The intention is for services to be provided over a 24-hour period in the larger towns in Iceland. Increased emphasis will be put on regular visits by family doctors to elderly people who are the recipients of home nursing.

The Health Minister will now start an overall review of matters relating to the elderly in order to create a structure for changing emphasis in geriatric services. “The idea behind the review is to better define the division of work and responsibilities of those who see to geriatric services, and in so doing to redefine the regime of geriatric services,” she said.

She has called on Landspitali University Hospital to set up home services for the elderly and to increase the number of day places at the hospital. Respite care will be promoted and geriatric medicine and specialized hospital services with the elderly will be set up at specific hospitals or health centers in all parts of Iceland.

A psychiatric ward for elderly people will be set up in the geriatric division of Landspítali. Particular emphasis will be put on treating people who have a psychiatric illness but who do not suffer from dementia. This will be a treatment ward with the aim of discharging patients at the end of their treatment.

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