New lease of life: Association provides care for elderly with foster homes

January 08, 2019

Four elderly men in Muscat governorate recently got foster families to look after their needs and care for them. The four senior persons found their new lease of life with the help of Ihsan Association.

Speaking to Muscat Daily , Jokha Mohammed Khamis al Farsi, head and founder of Ihsan Association said, “We started the initiative a few months ago and were successful in providing foster families for four elderly persons.”

Jokha explained how the initiative is also their way of teaching the society to care for the elderly. “Our aim is to strengthen the bonds between members of the society and within families. Children need to understand the importance of caring for parents and assisting them during old age.”

Being with a family in old age is more comfortable. “We provide alternative families for older people who have no children or relatives to care for. These foster families provide them all that they need from lodging, food to healthcare. We also cooperate with the Ministry of Social Development to help these families by paying for a helper and increasing the social security allowance for the elderly.”

Talking about the other services provided by the association, she said, “Our association also provides ambulance service to help the elderly and disabled reach hospitals for routine check-ups and other healthcare needs. We have provided 350 elderly persons access to hospitals in Muscat so far.”

Jokha also stresses on spreading the message deep into the society. “Be it schools, colleges, universities, mosques we plan to take the issue everywhere.”

Elaborating on some of the other projects, Jokha said the association has also produced a movie on Alzheimer’s. “We plan to launch a YouTube channel of our association. We are active on all social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. These are useful to reach a wider audience.”

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