“The food is so despicable that we go hours without eating”

“The food is so despicable that we go hours without eating. We also don’t have clothes in the closets because there are no laundry staff.” This is how Mariano Turégano García, 82, detailed this Thursday, the conditions in which the elderly of the Moscatelares Residence and Day Center in San Sebastián de los Reyes find themselves, facilities that depend on the Community of Madrid, as reported Sanse’s Diary.

He has explained it, visibly moved, in the municipal plenary session and his testimony has not left anyone indifferent. The suffocating heat that they have suffered this summer inside the center, he has assured, has forced them to “fight a lot” and even go to the press to fix the air conditioning.

“In our rooms we have spent a summer of 40 degrees because the Community of Madrid looks the other way when it comes to seeing for the health and well-being of its citizens. Some of our colleagues have been hospitalized this summer with high levels of dehydration that aggravate or trigger other pathologies. A week ago they promised us to do the necessary work for the correct air conditioning of the center. We have had to fight a lot and go out in the press to achieve it. Now it’s your turn to monitor and enforce that commitment”, continued Mariano.

The man has also recounted how some of his colleagues who cannot leave the facilities alone, due to health problems, “go out freely and it is the Police who, after hours, find them lost in a supermarket and identify them by returning them to the center ” .

Despite the fact that the Community of Madrid has promised to establish an effective control of homeless people and to optimize security with adequate doors, it has urged them to really carry it out “and not allow their citizens, theirs, those of San Sebastián de los Reyes, we are in these conditions”.

Mariano has also spoken in plenary about job insecurity and the lack of personnel in the center. “The 40 degrees are also for them and they have to do their job and that of the positions that are not covered,” he said, while asking for an improvement in conditions for the workers of the residence: “It will be impossible to have a full workforce and stabilize it if wages and working conditions are so pitiful. The consequence is our inattention, and that inattention can precipitate tragic situations”, he has indicated.

Finally, he also wanted to send a message to the City Council of San Sebastián de los Reyes, since he considers that this problem is also the responsibility of the consistory. “We have already come to this town hall on other occasions to ask for help. That are not their powers tell us. I am going to explain to you why they are your competences. Because we are citizens of San Sebastián de los Reyes. You also rule for us and thanks to us”, he settled.

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