Senior official of Ministry of Social Affairs urged the private sector to invest in home care for the elderly in the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Social Affairs spokesman, Touch Channy, said at a press conference on Tuesday that in Cambodia, there are 1,646 associations under the ministry taking care of the elderly.
However, the ministry wants to see the private sector invest to create home care for the elderly.
He said in some other countries, when people get older, their families bring them to these centres to take care of them and pay for their services.
“The ministry has established associations for taking care of the elderly, however, we do not have any in the private sector doing the same. We would like to encourage the private sector to invest in elderly home care in our country,” he said.
He added the ministry will provide human resource and technical support to the private sectors to run this business of home care for the elderly.
“The ministry wants to encourage the private sectors to create elderly homes. We want to help care for elders when their family members are busying working,” he said.
He added that no private sector has yet to invest in this business, but in the future, the Kingdom will need these services like in other countries.
Lok Ven, 55, a senior laymen at a pagoda in Phnom Penh said most of the elderly in Cambodia like to pray in the pagodas as they age.
He said the centres caring for them can take them to the pagodas if their family members are busy with work.
“Besides doing their prayers in pagodas, they are a good place for them to meditate and find peace of mind praying to Buddha,” he said.
Thon Chana, 70, a resident in Russey Keo district said she is old and she needs someone to take care of her.
She said sometimes, her family members are too busy with their work so she goes to the associations for the elderly to relax, listen to music and talk with other elderly people to pass the time.
“I don’t want to disturb my children who are busy working, so I spend time at the association talking with other elderly people and this makes me happy,” she said.
She added in the associations, when the family members cannot afford to support the elderly when they get sick, the association gets support from other members who have the means to share the costs.