Behind the mask
Canary Islands is the Spanish Autonomous Community that has the longest waiting list to diagnose and pay dependent on the average of Spain. The percentage of persons entitled to the support still have not received it, already exceeds 50%. This is the case of Santiago.
Santiago has been taking care of his mother since she got bedridden 6 years ago because of the Alzheimer disease, and also of his 57 year old sister suffered by a mental deficiecy and with a muscle atrophy in her legs that unables her to walk by herself.
Santiago routine begins early in the morning, cooking breakfast, and giving medications, daily cleaning of the two women after serving the individual needs of each: change diapers and posture, stretching exercises, oxygen, cleaning and other other housework. When night falls after giving dinner and putting them to bed. Santiago begins to makeup, he is a transformist, he likes it and is the only job he has managed to support his family.
It is clear that everything would be much easier if aid finally arrived but the aid never did and Santiago’s mother, Antonia, died October 31.
This report primarily aims to highlight the delay of the implementation of The Law of Dependency in the Canary Islands which is an autonomous community of Spain.
In memory of Antonia. R.I.P (1930- 2011)
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