Kuwaiti officials confirmed that on-going social care is given to elderly people in the Gulf State, not only in care institutions but also in their own residences.
The Ministry of Social Affairs has provided housing to 30 senior citizens of the state – 16 Kuwaitis and 14 expats according to Minister of Social Affairs and Labour (MOSAL) and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Dr Hind Al-Sabeeh at a ceremony celebrating the International Day for Older Persons last October 1, as shared in a report by MENAFN.
MOSAL Provides Housing to Elderly People including 14 Expats
According to the statistics report released by the Elderly Care Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs in September, the total number of elderly people who receive in-home care has already reached 3,219 across all Kuwaiti governorates, shared Dr Al-Sabeeh.
The Minister also revealed future plans of developing an integrated leisure resort facility for senior citizens in each of the country’s six provinces.
Meanwhile, ministry undersecretary, Saad Al-Kharraz, shared that there are over 15,000 nationals issued with senior citizen cards by the ministry’s Elderly Care Department.
Those with senior citizen cards are given the privilege to access various establishments, facilities, government offices, companies and other institutions. Along with senior citizen cards, special identification stickers will be distributed to eligible individuals to benefit from special parking spaces in the above-mentioned locations.
Regarding the plans for the leisure resort facility, Al-Kharraz shared that it would be built on a 100,000 sq. m. plot of land.
According to the director of the elderly affairs department at the ministry, Amani Al-Tabtabaei, the care for the country’s senior citizens is among the country’s priority objectives towards realizing its national sustainable development strategy.