Guidelines for elderly care centres to be established


The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will establish guidelines for elderly care centres, especially for Muslims after the Care Centres (Amendment) Bill 2017 is passed by the Dewan Negara.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said it would be a joint effort between the ministry and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) to create the best standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the care centre to meet the needs of its inmates.

"The guidelines are still being refined. JAKIM will carry out a briefing on care centres, particularly with Muslim inmates," she said when winding up the debate on the Care Centres (Amendment) Bill 2017 at Dewan Negara today.

The Care Centres (Amendment) Bill 2017 is to amend the Care Centres Act 1993 (Act 506) aimed at establishing a special act for the care of senior citizens aged 60 years and above in ensuring the elderly care centres in the country can be regulated more efficiently.

Rohani said the Health Ministry and her ministry had agreed to enact a special health care act for a senior citizen namely, the Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 2017.

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