Public Consultation on standards for Residential Homes for the Elderly

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Public Consultation on standards for Residential Homes for the ElderlyThe Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana has opened a series of public consultation meetings on standards for Residential Homes for the Elderly, these will include a meeting in Gozo.

The first meeting was held at the Zammit Clapp Residence which was attended by a number of residents and representatives of committees, including those from within the residence.

The Parliamentary Secretary said that despite hearing over the years the need for National Standards on homes for the elderly, it has never been carried out. “However, this Government believes not only that we should increase the service for the elderly, but also and above all to work to further help the elderly live a life of better quality. – where our seniors have peace of mind that they will be given good care, dignity and be able to suit their needs.”

The national minimum standards for care of the elderly in residential homes are based on several principles including: the person at the centre of care, to respect their dignity, freedom, security and well-being (both physical and mental). This includes also the right to privacy in all the present and future needs. To satisfy the aspirations and potential of the person,empowerment, equality, the right to complain and the right to legal redress, among others.

The Parliamentary Secretary thanked Dr Miriam Azzopardi from the Directorate for Health Care Standards, the Foundation for Active Ageing Malta and all those who in recent months have contributed towards the consultation process.

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