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Jordan elderly community in need of enhanced services

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Social Development announced on Saturday that 397 residents live at nursing homes in the Kingdom, which is witnessing a current demand for elderly health and home care services, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

This year’s International Day for Older Persons, which fell on Saturday, was titled “Elderly Resilience in a Changing World” in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has brought attention to the world’s elderly community and the services provided to them, revealing many shortcomings in elderly care, according to National Council for Family Affairs Secretary-General Mohammad Miqdadi.

Miqdadi called for the establishment of daytime care centers for the elderly. These centers would not provide accommodation, but rather, entertainment, digital learning, and volunteer opportunities for older persons to leverage their experience to benefit various institutions.

The Kingdom should offer home-based health services for the elderly at their places of residence “to preserve their dignity and facilitate good relationships between them and their children”, he said.

Miqdadi also called for the expansion of geriatric medical specializations in the country, mentioning Al-Mamlaka TV reported. He also spoke of Jordan’s “severe” shortage of geriatric care services and the need for appropriately priced home-based care.

What is more, he said, Jordan does not maintain any database on older persons. Such records are important in identifying the whereabouts of the elderly and their health concerns, according to Miqdadi.

He called on the government to intervene to improve the services provided to elderly citizens, especially due to their high numbers.

Assistant Secretary-General for Welfare and Development at the Ministry of Social Development Mahmoud Jabour told Al-Mamlaka about a government directive to issue legislation to meet the needs of the elderly, offer them home-based services, and establish a special financial account at the ministry for elderly care services.

Jabbour referenced the ministry’s targeted services for older persons, in addition to nursing homes, exemptions for domestic workers who serve the elderly, and the support of clubs specialized in activities for the elderly, which boost their involvement in society.

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