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Formulating a policy for old age homes

Formulating a policy for old age homes
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With longevity increase, residents in old age homes are likely to stay there longer with their emotional and physical conditions changing,...

With migration of youth and small nuclear families becoming the norm, ill-equipped senior citizens are left alone to cope—caring for the elderly is therefore becoming the responsibility of the society and governments

With longevity increase, residents in old age homes are likely to stay there longer with their emotional and physical conditions changing, deteriorating health conditions, few suffering disability and so on. Our senior citizens deserve better and appropriate care whether in free or paid care homes and such facilities and services require monitoring and regular inspection to ensure that proper care are rendered to the residents by trained staff.

The same was stressed on at the two-day national seminar on ‘Institutional Care Of Senior Citizens’ that began at the Indian Institute of Health and Family Welfare in Vengal Rao Nagar on Thursday.Organised by the Heritage Foundation, the seminar was inaugurated by M Jagadeeshwar, Secretary Women and Children Welfare.

Also present on the occasion were Rakesh Kumar, Under Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice; Dr KR Gangadharan, Founder, Heritage Foundation and Prof. James, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru.

Speaking on the occasion Jagadeeshwar said, “Handling issues related to old age is a challenge. India, which is considered young because of the youthful population will have severe old age associated problems in some years, as the population ages.”

“With families becoming small, children settling in other places, old age homes are becoming the norm for elderly to depend on. But, what is the standard that these homes need to maintain, what backup do they need, how do they address health, emotion related issues. This seminar can look at these and related aspects from a closer quarter and arrive at a consensus and recommend a protocol for setting up old age homes,” he added.

He said that the Government of Telangana will work closely with Gangadharan and Heritage Foundation to formulate a policy for old age homes and its subsequent implementation.In his welcome address Gangadharan said, “There are several old age homes mushrooming, do they have a standard to follow. This seminar will make efforts to find a minimum standard for the Central and State Governments and others involved in old age homes to follow.”

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