Elderly who live on or below the poverty threshold in the Caribbean Netherlands face several problems. They have too little money to cover their basic needs, there are too few (care) facilities and they don’t know which arrangements they are eligible for.
That is the conclusion of National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen, who is also the Ombudsman for Bonaire, Statia and Saba, in his report Focus on the elderly in the Caribbean Netherlands, a report about poverty related problems the elderly in the Caribbean Netherlands face. Van Zutphen: ‘It is not uncommon for the elderly in the Caribbean Netherlands to live in inhumane conditions. The implementation of a policy that secures their livelihood must really be given priority.’