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May 17, 2022

Press report slams inhuman conditions in elderly care home

Seventy senior citizens in Alba were residing in inhuman conditions in the establishments of the Alba Iulia-based ‘Saint Joseph’ congregation, according to ‘Adevarul’ daily newspaper. According to a report drawn up by the Territorial Labor Inspectorate (ITM), the senior citizens were hungry and lived in filth, without taking a bath in more than a week, in unauthorized home care centers, which ITM inspectors inspected Monday and Tuesday. According to their report, a number of 70 senior citizens reside in the compounds, all of whom pay a portion of their pensions to be cared for, yet live in a state of utter neglect.

Inspectors found senior residents had only had tea and bread for breakfast and nothing but tomato soup for lunch. One of the compounds had but one bathroom shared by both men and women. Even worse, the bedridden are seldom washed, sometimes at time intervals longer than one week, inspectors say, reason for which the wards smelled of feces.

Inspectors held the home cares for the elderly run by the ‘Saint Joseph’ Congregation as illegal, as no document was produced as evidence for the centers operating as legal entities. The foundation lacks trained social assistance staff, internal operating regulations, a procedure manual on denizen admission or a medicine register. ’Once we get the nod from Bucharest, the foundation will be fined RON 20,000 for all the wrongdoings found., ITM Alba Chief Inspector Dorel Fit said. The Roman-Catholic Archdiocese of Alba-Iulia stated it bears no connection whatsoever to congregation’s activities, despite authorizing its functioning in 1996. ‘After the foundation was founded, its executive leadership broke relations both with our archdiocese and the Franciscan Order in Romania and operated as an own entity ever since,’ an archdiocese release reads.

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