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Minister Akbar Calls For Better Elderly Care

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, in conjunction with National Council for Older Persons (NCOP), will develop a minimum operating standard for age-care homes to help elderly Fijians.
29 Jul 2015 15:28
Minister Akbar Calls For Better Elderly Care
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar while attending to the requests of the senior citizens at the Senior Citizens Foundation in Lautoka. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, in conjunction with National Council for Older Persons (NCOP), will develop a minimum operating standard for age-care homes to help elderly Fijians.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar reiterated on the importance of setting minimum standards for age-care homes during the recent council meeting in Suva.

“The Council is progressively pursuing National Minimum Standards for residential homes for the aged, with the intent of standardising services across all the homes,” Ms Akbar said.

“Some of the age-care homes we visited, we can say that there is a lot of upgrading that need to be done in terms of facilities and care giving services.”

She said improving services at institutional care homes was among the council’s priorities.

“During our visit to Melbourne last month, we had the opportunity to visit the Arcare facilities,” she said.

“We were impressed with the level of care that is given to senior citizens at the Arcare age-care homes.

“We should uplift the current standards of the care giving homes in Fiji. The support we received from stakeholders in Melbourne has shown keen interest to train selected caregivers from Fiji.

“We will be working closely with NCOP to identify caregivers for this training opportunity,” Ms Akbar said.

She said delivering quality services for senior citizens required a collaborative approach.

“The Fijian Government’s decision to establish this Council two years ago has been a timely one. The Council has innovatively transferred its key actions as part of the framework of its strategic plan for the next three years,” she said.

NCOP emanates from the Fiji’s National Ageing Policy which was endorsed by the Fijian Government in 2011.

Samabula Senior Citizens Home chairman, Mohammed Ali Maqbool said: “NCOP plays a key role in looking after the needs of the elderly citizens.”

“Government assists us in many ways, particularly by providing a budget which enables us to provide the much needed care to our senior citizens.”

NCOP has been allocated a budget of $200,000 to reach out and assist senior citizens.

There are 53 senior citizens at the Samabula Senior Citizens Home.

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