Constitutional Protection of the Rights of the Elderly in Social Welfare - Assumptions Versus Implementation
The ageing of the population and the reduction of the caring potential of families result in an increased demand for caring services provided by institutions of the social assistance sector for elderly dependent persons. The article aims to present and evaluate constitutional regulations, supplemented by statutory regulations on the protection of rights of the elderly, especially in the area of institutional support, i.e. social welfare homes, and to identify barriers that prevent obtaining individual benefits. The article analyses legal acts, jurisprudence and statistical data concerning the provision of care services in the community and stationary form. Although the discussed political regulations secure the rights of the elderly in the field of social assistance, there is a noticeable lack of precise regulations, which were included in acts of a lower rank.