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Switzerland - Elderly Care
Municipalities, if large enough, will either fully govern or contribute to the management of residential and nursing homes themselves rather than contract this out. Smaller municipalities often band together to co-manage elder care.
People with dementia will receive funds from a combination of health insurance and the state, although again will contribute to their own care from personal funds. Alzheimer charities state that current financial support and capacity of care centres is insufficient, and continue to campaign for better provision.
Palliative.ch has a directory of hospitals, hospices and clinics offering palliative care for the terminally ill. Hospices tend to be small and it is therefore advised to make enquiries with your hospice of choice as early as possible.
Controversially, assisted suicide (or euthanasia) is legal in Switzerland. There is much debate on the topic, but the majority of Swiss voters remain in favour of this right, including the right for foreigners to come to Switzerland for this purpose. This course of action involves counselling sessions, although there has been some media criticism of how quick the process can be. The most well-known provider of assisted death is Dignitas, based in suburban Zurich. Exit offers a similar service, but restricted to residents only.
Spitex Verband Schweiz
Provider of home care for the elderly throughout Switzerland
Spitex Verband Schweiz, Zentralsekretariat, Sulgenauweg 38/Postfach 1074, CH 3000 Bern 23
Tel: +41 (0)31 381 22 81
Swiss organisation for the elderly
Pro Senectute Schweiz, Geschäfts- und Fachstelle, Lavaterstr. 60, Postfach, CH 8027 Zürich
Tel: +41 (0)44 283 89 89
Swiss Alzheimer Association
Information, support and lobbying on Alzheimers issues in Switzerland
Schweizerische Alzheimervereinigung, Geschäftsstelle, Rue des Pêcheurs 8 E, CH 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains
Tel: +41 (0)24 426 20 00
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