Compulsory registration for elders' homes
Registration of elders' homes with five or more inmates will be made
compulsory. This will be under amendments proposed to Sections 17 and 18
of the Sri Lanka Protection of The Rights of Elders Act No. 9 of 2000.
Social Services Minister Felix Perera told the Daily News the
amendments will be presented in Parliament on May 23 for approval.
Meanwhile, the Social Service Ministry has made it compulsory for
volunteers and other care-givers looking after elders at elders' homes
in the country to undergo training on care giving conducted by the
ministry. There are nearly 278 elders' homes in the country sheltering
around 6,775 elders looked after by nearly 1,000 care-givers. There are
several elders' homes where the inmates were subjected to psychical and
mental pressure from care-givers.
"That is why the ministry has decided to provide care-givers with
special elderly care training," he said.
"There should be a proper mechanism to monitor the elders' homes in
the country. Therefore, a set of guidelines have been prepared by the
National Secretariat for Elders. It is necessary to ensure clean
kitchens, toilets and bathrooms at each elders' homes to obtain approval
from the respective District Health Service Directors. Public Health
Inspectors would continuously monitor these places. Minister Perera
further said Social Services offices attached to the ministry will
continuously supervise all elders' homes after the registration process