The elderly do not know to hjemmetandpleje scheme

18. december 2009  
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Hjemmetandplejen is on offer to older people and difficult people with limited mobility, who find it difficult even to give dentistry a visit. However, several hundred elderly in the municipality of Aalborg, miss out on the offer of dental care in the home, because they do not know to the scheme, writes tv2/nord.

Equipped with a small tandlægekuffert can dentist resolve most tasks in the home, which protects the elderly and severely disabled patients for a troublesome trip out of the home. But according to Aalborg Municipality's dentistry, there are a few that make use of the possibility to get the dentist to give your teeth a check out in their own home.

“We suspect that we could have almost twice as many users in the system, if any, as is justified, took the offer,” says dentist Birgit Krabsen from dental care in Aalborg municipality.

Care centers can also avail of the scheme, so that staff at the plejecentrene can concentrate on providing care and support, instead of having to set aside time to accompany the residents one by one to the dentist.

Omsorgstandplejen

15. april 2009  
Filed in Omsorgstandpleje, Directory

Omsorgstandplejen is a municipal system, where the municipalities are obligated by law to offer preventive and therapeutic dental care for adult persons who because of their health only difficult to make use of the common established tandplejetilbud. Municipalities may charge a fee for the scheme, and in 2009 this fee is around 400 dollars annually, according to the rate at which the individual municipality has chosen to use.

Eligibility for omsorgstandpleje
Omsorgstandplejen is for persons over 18 years of age, who, because of chronic reduced mobility and severe physical or mental disability will have difficulties to use the established tandplejesystem.

The primary audience for omsorgstandplejen is originally defined as persons who either live in nursing homes, or in their own home/ældrebolig or similar with many remedial measures, if the self-reliant capacity and self-care is so limited that they need help in the general day to day functions or really care, and can effectively be equated with nursing home residents.

Today is the target group of the mentally handicapped and mentally ill patients, in whom there is no special dental problems, that require tandlægefaglig specialised care in specialtandplejen, but where the person is not sufficient on its own initiative, is able to use the existing tandplejetilbud of the practicing dentist.

Thus, it is not the idea that a wider group of frail elderly or disabled people who may otherwise be treated on ordinary disability-friendly clinics must be covered by omsorgstandplejetilbudet. Omsorgstandplejen is not directed against persons, which, in principle, can make use of the existing tandplejetilbud, but who, for social or other reasons, has opted out of this. The majority of the omsorgstandplejens group of people already live in ældrebolig / nursing home and receive old-age pension.

The scope of tandplejetilbuddet
Omsorgstandpleje include both prevention, investigation, organisation and treatment.

Prevention includes all activities that aim to prevent symptoms of disease and conditions of the teeth, mouth and jaws in that arise, including information for both patients and carers about the importance of a healthy, functional tooth-, mouth - and kæberegion.

Studies of the tooth-, mouth - and kæberegionen be carried out at intervals organized on the basis of professional consideration.

Necessary treatments include the treatment of symptoms, diseases and malfunctions of the teeth, mouth and jaws, including the necessary tandprotetiske treatments.

How to get omsorgstandpleje
You searched for omsorgstandpleje. If you live in nursing homes, takes place via the staff. If you live in your own home, tell you to home care or community centre.

Options within omsorgstandplejen
Municipalities may offer omsorgstandpleje both at public clinics and at private dental practice / clinical tandteknikerpraksis. And the user can choose between tandplejetilbud at a local clinic, or whether it should be in private, regardless of whether the municipality as a starting point offering care at a public clinic. Want you as eligible for the scheme not to receive this offer, you preserve the right to subsidies for dental care under the current rules.

Users of omsorgstandplejeordningen thus has three options, namely to receive omsorgstandpleje by (a) general clinic, (b) in private practice or (c) to opt out of an offer of omsorgstandpleje, whereby the right to the general tandplejetilbud of the practicing dentist to be preserved.

It should be noted, however, that you can't use omsorgstandplejen in other municipalities than tilhørskommunen.

Economy
The municipal council of the individual municipality decides on the omsorgstandplejen must be free of charge for the beneficiaries, or whether there should be required to provide payment for the scheme. The users ' own contributions in the omsorgstandplejen is, however, regulated by law, and was in 2006 at a maximum of 400 dkk. annually.

The commencement of the particular precious treatments may, however, happen only when the municipality has approved the implementation of the of the dentist or clinical dental technician's offer. The municipal council may establish, which services should be covered by the municipality's prior approval.

Omsorgstandplejen in your municipality
Information about how the offer of dental care is in your municipality, can at any time be found on the municipality's hjemmmeside. The easiest way to your municipality's website is via region websites, as there is a overview of on www.regioner.dk

The elderly do not use omsorgstandplejen

15. april 2009  
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While older citizens in some of the country's municipalities do not get offers on the statutory omsorgstandpleje, sorry for the other municipalities over the lack of commitment to the scheme.

Instead of spending time in transport and waiting time at the dentist, the elderly and the disabled, in many cases, receive both studies, forebyggele of the damage and treatment of teeth and dentures sitting at home in their own armchair, if they make use of the offer of omsorgstandpleje.

Omsorgstandplejen
For about 400 kr. on the year, the citizens who are eligible for the offer, receive preventive and therapeutic dental care in comfortable surroundings at home. Omsorgstandplejen is an offer for all citizens, if the self-help capacity is limited, so that they can genuinely be equated with nursing home residents, and thereby it has difficulty getting to a dentist. And in the follow dentist Birgit Krabsen from Aalborg and the Municipality of dentistry, had the scheme for dental care at home also be a good help to the staff in the ældrecentrene in the country's municipalities, which could avoid to spend time and effort to follow the residents to private dentists to receive the necessary dental care.

However, it is not the idea that a wider group of frail elderly or disabled people who can be treated on ordinary disability-friendly clinics must be covered by omsorgstandplejetilbudet. The majority of the omsorgstandplejens group of people already live in ældrebolig / nursing homes and also receive old-age pension.

The originally defined target group for omsorgstandplejen, was defined as persons who live in nursing homes and persons living in their own home / ældrebolig or similar with many remedial measures, and if self-care is so limited that they really can be equated with nursing home residents.

Read more about omsorgstandplejen

Only half avail themselves of the offer
In Aalborg, there are apparently many who do not know to the system of omsorgstandpleje. Barely 900 citizens availing themselves of the offer of omsorgstandpleje, so that they can get help to care for their teeth and dentures in the home. But in the city of Aalborg is believed that around twice as many elderly and disabled citizens are eligible for the offer of omsorgstandpleje in the home, and now the municipality will try to get caregivers to be better to inform about the scheme.

The elderly do not get the dental care they need

25. march 2009  
Filed in News

A study of Older Case has made shows that tandløshed is one of the non-life-threatening diseases, as the older citizens fear the most.

It will surely come as no surprise to anyone that the senior citizens also want to have healthy teeth. They have a desire to be able to chew their food. They will be free of toothache. And that they have a desire to be able to smile to the outside world without being ashamed of the teeth.

In Denmark, the municipal omsorgstandpleje to ensure dental care for the elderly, who do not have the option to use the common voksentandpleje. According to the Danish Health and medicines authority receives 30-35.000 citizens omsorgstandpleje.

Big differences from municipality to municipality

Susanne Andersen, Formand for Tandlægeforeningen

Susanne Andersen, President of the Tandlægeforeningen

According to Kristeligt Dagblad has Tandlægeforeningen taken up the matter, and have searched for the so-called scheme to a project, to ensure consistent offer of omsorgstandpleje across the country. The reason is that there are very large differences in the ability to get omsorgstandpleje from municipality to municipality. Susanne Andersen, president of the Tandlægeforeningen, says that senior citizens should be able to trust that they are being offered omsorgstandpleje, if they fall under the criteria laid down in the legislation.