Sweden starves its elderly, while housing migrants in hotels
At the nursing home run by the local government, the elderly are given porridge without milk for breakfast, while illegal migrants are accommodated in hotels by the city's leadership.
In Eslöv, residents of a nursing home specifically for people with dementia were served porridge for breakfast, without milk. This is because the municipality had run out of money, according to Sofia Persson, the facility’s manager. Nevertheless, not so long ago, the same municipality was able to afford to house many undocumented migrants in hotels.
For years, there have been stories of how municipalities have cut back on elderly care in ways many would describe as undignified, often to the point of total neglect. And, in many cases, the elderly were unable to communicate with staff members, because not one of them would speak Swedish.
Ms Persson said she found it sad that the elderly and, in many cases, people with dementia, were faced with having to eat porridge without milk. However, she also criticised the staff, whom she says should have checked swiftly if there was any milk left in another ward that they could use.
As V4NA has highlighted in a previous article, the lack of qualified staff in Swedish nursing homes is also a serious problem, as evidenced by a string of shocking cases that have come to light.
For example Omar Alabiadi, who was dispatched by the municipality as part of the home care service, arrived in Sweden in 2012 and was granted citizenship in 2019. Apparently, Mr Alabiadi harassed an elderly woman in his care, who said the had man used the time spent in the elderly couple’s home to harass her.
The old lady felt that Mr Alabiadi was intrusive and engaged in personal, rather than professional activities with her. She claims that the Syrian national started talking about her breasts. Shortly afterwards, Mr Alabiadi allegedly hugged the woman in his care and also pulled up her dress. According to the police investigation, Mr Alabiadi had squeezed the woman’s breasts and nipples, asking her if she still had milk in her breasts. Following these visits, the old lady told her son about the incident, who reported Omar Alabiadi to the police and also to the head of the municipality’s home care service.
The head of the service, Karoline Mindal-Wejlemot, told the police that Mr Alabiadi had been suspended from his work pending the police investigation. She also pointed out that when she asked the man about the incident, he replied that he had only touched the old lady’s breast once.
The 88-year-old woman told police that she was shocked by the incident, and that she no longer felt safe in her own home.
And this was not the first time that social workers with an immigrant background had committed atrocities against the elderly.
In Sweden, three people have previously been suspended from their jobs after a resident of a social care home was abandoned and left to lie in her own excrement. A report on the case has revealed that staff had been in the room but had not helped the elderly resident for several hours, despite being aware of her condition.
Nursing homes in Sweden suffer from such labour shortages that they are forced to recruit and fill up their institutions with immigrants. In many of these nursing homes, migrants who refuse to work and are unwilling to learn Swedish are also a big problem. They probably only take such jobs in order to qualify for various social and state benefits.
Deprived of the quality care that they were once used to, it’s always the residents of nursing homes who suffer the consequences, and non-working immigrants have caused several scandals in skilled nursing facilities in Sweden.
A nursing home in Umea recently revealed that elderly people are terrified of immigrants, since the facility had abolished its criteria of Swedish language skills and other education requirements.
Migrants who have no patience terrorise the elderly in a variety of ways, according to Swedish press reports. One of the punishments they introduced was forcing the residents to sleep in their own excrement, because they do not change their bedpans or nappies. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg, with many other complaints coming from the elderly residents. They say the staff are impatient, irritable, especially towards people with dementia, they do not understand their job and it is impossible to communicate with them because they do not understand Swedish.
In many cases, migrants who do not want to work devote no attention whatsoever to the elderly people’s medication. They often refuse to help with the cleaning, leaving the vulnerable residents in the shower, or toilet instead.