Care of the elderly
The Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has paid great attention to caring for the elderly. Many initiatives have been launched to improve the quality of life and raise the level of services provided to the elderly in society in general and in care homes supervised by the Ministry in particular, where the elderly work to make several contributions to society through volunteer work, and transfer experiences and knowledge to other generations through the experience they gained in life. To know the amount of contributions they make, the International Day of Older Persons or the International Day of Older Persons is celebrated every year.
The Ministry aims, through interaction with the International Day for the Elderly, to emphasize that the noble Islamic values call for reverence and respect for the elderly, highlighting the role the elderly plays in the development and service of society and their ability to give, in addition to benefiting from the experiences and energies of the elderly people in both professional and scientific aspects, introducing local and international efforts related to the elderly category and supporting the elderly and raising awareness of their rights and taking care of them.
The Ministry provides the elderly with comprehensive care (health, social and psychological) through social care homes which are spread throughout the regions of the Kingdom, currently 12 homes, in addition to providing financial and in-kind assistance to the needy elderly and their families through the Social Security Agency, and prosthetic devices such as wheelchairs, medical beds, headphones, etc., and Program of Home Care for the Elderly within the Family Framework through a follow-up visit program. Within the National Transformation Program, the Ministry is working on initiatives to establish 5 model oases for the elderly compatible with their needs, including all health services, physiotherapy and a recreational club, and enabling the private sector to establish 13 specialized civil societies for the elderly, whose services cover all regions of the Kingdom. The Ministry and Family Affairs Council effectively participate in drafting a law for the elderly persons’ rights, which contributes to maintaining rights of elderly persons, protecting and providing them with the best services.
Social Care Homes
These homes aim to accommodate and care for every male or female citizen who has reached sixty or more and is unable to do his own affairs and his family and relatives are not able to do so, in addition to caring for the sick and elderly who have no breadwinner and are referred from hospitals, if they are free of infectious and mental diseases. Through these homes, government residential care, which includes social, medical and psychological care, and whose activities vary, such as cultural, professional, recreational and sports activities, is supervised by a functional body that includes all disciplines to carry out the services entrusted to it to serve the house’s residents.
Conditions for accepting the elderly in the home:
- Saudi National
- The person has reached the age of sixty or more, and aging has caused him/her incapable of work or to carry out his/her own affairs. It is permissible to accept someone under the age of sixty if the social research proves the need to be included in the home services.
- Medical examination proves that the candidate is free from communicable, contagious, psychological, or mental diseases that pose a threat to his safety, or a danger to the rest of the elders.
- The absence of the family, or its inability to provide the services needed by the elderly.
Services and activites provided in social care homes
- Social Care:
Care begins from the moment the case is received in the home, by handing over the required items, then introducing him/her to the home, its programs and devices, and working to make him/her feel stability in the home and solve his/her problems.
- Medical Care:
The home provides full medical care for each resident and opens a special medical file for him/her with the knowledge of the home physician, while following up on patients, examining them, giving the necessary treatment to them, and supervising the home’s pharmacy.
The home provides meals for residents. Such meals and materials are supplied by a vendor to be agreed upon by the Ministry. Moreover, the home provides pocket money “200 Saudi Riyals” for residents amounting, in addition to providing clothes for residents in winter and summer.
- Cultural Activity:
The house provides many cultural activities and programs, such as reading some newspapers and magazines, listening to the internal radio, the Holy Quran, some religious talks (Hadith), and attending some seminars.
- Professional Activity:
The home provides opportunities for handicrafts and hobbies for the unable residents to do leisure work.
- Recreational and Sport Activity:
The home pays attention to types of recreational and sport activity. The home organizes some internal light games such as walking and some exercises that are suitable for the elderly and take into account their old age. Moreover, the home organizes entertainment parties, arranges for visits to public parks and some annual fairs and festivals in areas and internal tourist trips, whether religious or recreational tourism. In addition, the Ministry organizes an annual forum for all homes, men and women alike.
It is a care program for the elderly within his family in which he resides to guide them on how to deal with the elderly in health and psychological terms, as well as providing some physical therapy sessions. The home dispatches a team consisting of a physician, a psychologist, a social worker, a physiotherapist and a personal care worker through whom the necessary care is provided to the elderly within his family and the family is directed to the appropriate care for his case.
How to get the Service:
- Submit a request through Social Care Platform
- The in-charge team is then selected automatically
- Making and confirming the appointment
- Visit and case evaluation
It aims to facilitate reviews, daily transactions and alleviation of hardship to enable people with special needs who are elderly, disabled, of having a baby in various government agencies and service sector. Through this initiative, the Ministry seeks to enhance the Kingdom's pioneering image in the service of people with special needs in all categories and to improve their way of life by facilitating and overcoming the challenges they may face.
It aims to create an environment for the elderly to spend their time in a recreation, as well as linking the present with the past, benefiting from the experiences of the past, and creating a channel of communication between parents and children.
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