Elderly care..a shared responsibility

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Elderly care..a shared responsibility

Elderly care..a shared responsibility

In 1991, the United Nations General Assembly for Human Rights adopted the Document of Principles relating to Older Persons, which are independence, participation, care, self-realization and dignity.


Article 27 of the Basic Law of the Kingdom preserves the rights of the elderly, as it states: “The state guarantees the right of the citizen and his family, in case of emergency, sickness, disability, and old age, supports the social security system, and encourages institutions and individuals to contribute to charitable works.”


In 2018, the General Authority for Statistics revealed that the total number of elderly citizens in the Kingdom over the age of 65 reached more than 850,000, or 4.1% of the Saudi population in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia also witnessed an increase in the proportion of the elderly from 4.8% in 2000 AD, and it is expected to rise to 10% in 2025 AD and to 12.9% in 2050 (according to Ministry of Health statistics). With this increase in the number of the elderly, there is an urgent need to provide comprehensive and integrated health services at all levels of health to deal with.


Pictures of Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi - may God have mercy on him - suffers from old age in his novel "Alzheimer", which revolves around a Saudi elderly man who suffered from dementia, and who went into hiding in a special clinic for the elderly in Europe.


In my medical practice, cases of “they don’t taste life” were a common phrase used by the families of the disabled elderly during my period of work in medical emergencies, which coincides with the day before the weekend. That phrase carried its folds, “Take our patient with you, because no one cares for him, and to accept the hypnotism of the elderly, some of their relatives, unfortunately, were deceiving (which falls under the category of neglect and deliberately abusing the incapacitated) in order for the hospital to accept his hypnosis.


The Ministry of Health implemented through a national health care program for the elderly in health care. In addition, the home health care program provides health care for the disabled or those who find it difficult to reach hospitals and provides guidance to those who care for them.


The Ministry of Labor and Social Development provides the elderly with comprehensive “health, social and psychological” care through the social care homes spread throughout the Kingdom’s regions, which currently number 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 and headphones The Ministry is working, within the National Transformation Program, 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 NGOs for the elderly Its services cover all regions of the Kingdom, and the Ministry and the Family Affairs Council participate in formulating the elderly rights system, which effectively contributes to preserving the rights of the elderly, protecting them from abuse and providing them with the best services.


Many citizens neglect that the elderly have rights and services provided by our wise government. It is also difficult for some to access the channels to which they should go to benefit from health and social services for the elderly. The citizen may turn to questioning senior officials and celebrities or appealing to philanthropists and moving between charities to help them.


Therefore, facilitating access to the services provided by the state for the elderly and ensuring that they benefit from them fairly without exploitation or waste is a necessity, as well as securing temporary care for the disabled elderly to reduce the burden on his relatives and spare him from neglect or violence.


Source: today