Elders homes to be registered, tighter controls imposed

The Ministry of Social Services will seek Parliamentary approval next week for regulations made under the Protection of the Rights of Elders Act to register institutions and persons providing resident care for more than five elders.

Institutions applying for registration of an elders’ home will need to fulfil several requirements to obtain a certificate of registration which would include a report from the Heath Directors of the relevant administrative areas, a statement of accounts and details of services and assistance the organization renders.

Those who obtain the certificate of registration will be required to maintain proper accounts of income and expenditure, assets and liabilities etc., conduct general and committee meetings regularly and submit audited accounts to the National Council of Elders when required.

Registered institutions will need to submit a copy of the register of resident elders in each institution as well as of deceased residents for each year ending December 31.Details of fees charged by such institutions that house elders too will have to be declared as well as details of services they provide. The new regulations prohibit the removal of an elder who has been a resident of a home for more than a year, except for transfer of that elder to another institution but this too will have to be done with the written consent of the elder concerned.

The regulations provide authority for officials of relevant Government institutions to supervise such homes as well as for the National Council of Elders to suspend or cancel the registration of any home if it acts in violation of the provisions of the Protection of the Rights of Elders Act.

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