Le Parisien reveals this Tuesday evening that DomusVi, a heavy nursing home is the subject of several legal complaints, after the Orpéa scandal. Echoing these cases involving the end of life of the elderly, a digital platform for collecting reports of abuse in care homes will be launched “soon” at “freedom of speech” and will facilitate their follow-up, the Solidarity Minister announced on Tuesday Jean-Christophe Combe. “The goal is free speech, to make reporting easier and to ensure they are taken into account,” he told the press a year after it was published. of the investigative book “I gravediggers”which revealed abuses and embezzlements in the private group of Orpea rest homes.
The data of this online portal, currently in the testing phase, will be stored by the Regional Health Agencies (ARS), able to initiate inspections. Currently people can report abuses on the 3977 line, but it is managed by local associations.
Since July, 1,400 nursing homes have been audited by state services. These are the “Ehpads most at risk”, belonging to the Orpea group or who have been the subject of a report”, according to the minister. “From here came 1,794 recommendations, prescriptions, instructions and 11 referrals to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for criminal acts” : cases of violence, ill-treatment, endangerment of people due to non-compliance with rules, qualification of personnel, he said.
“Contingency plan” for nursing homes
As regards staff shortages in nursing homes, a “contingency plan” will be announced in early February to allow for the “rapid qualification of effective employees”, employees hired in nursing homes for an assignment without having of a diploma. The Minister announced the launch of “general meetings” in February to develop a strategy to combat the abuse of vulnerable adults (elderly, disabled or poor).
As for the bill on “aging well” presented in the National Assembly by the presidential majority, it should be examined in commission “at the end of February and beginning of March” and then “registered in the wake of government time”. It will be “enriched” with the conclusions of the National Council for the Refoundation on Aging Well, the conclusions of which are expected in April, said the Minister.