Good health news has arrived with the announcement that the number of beds assigned to ‘continuous care’ has been boosted, bringing the full tally to 529.
It’s a reality that puts the Algarve at the top of the national table – bearing in mind also that it is one of the region’s with the highest demand.
Regional health authority ARS Algarve celebrated the news which effectively sees 10 new beds (five earmarked for convalescence, five for medium-term care) and the “reconversion” of 10 others in Azinhal (Castro Marim).
Said a source for ARS: “With this reinforcement, the regional board of health currently offers a total of 529 beds destined for integrated continuous care. Of these beds, 74 are earmarked for convalescence, 138 for medium-term stays and rehabilitation and 317 for longterm internment and maintenance”.
ARS Algarve’s efforts are focused on relieving pressure on hospitals from the region’s (growing) number of elderly patients, many of whom are living ‘on their own’, with little outside support.