The government has issued a sub-decree on managing elderly care centers, which will apply to both state centres and private centres caring for the elderly who do not have families to look after them.
The sub-decree was signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen last week and aims to promote the welfare of seniors, and to improve the quality and efficiency of the management of elderly care centres in Cambodia.
It notes that the Ministry of Social Affairs will be responsible for managing all elder care centres.
“The individual or the association that wants to create elderly care centres has to apply for authorization from the Ministry of Social Affairs,” the decree said.
The decree says the centres can accept seniors that meet certain conditions, mainly not having anyone to care for them and not having enough money to care for themselves.
“Their living standards are difficult because they may not have shelter, food, clothes or anyone to care for them,” the decree said. “Seniors can leave the centres if their children or relatives have the ability to take them back and care for them and the senior agrees.”
The decree added that the Ministry of Social Affairs must inspect centres within 48 hours of a complaint being launched.
“For elderly care centres that do not follow the provisions of this sub-decree, they have to be punished by a warning in writing, a temporary ban on their activity and finally the revocation of their permission letter to operate.”
Mom Bunthorn, undersecretary of state at the Social Affairs Ministry, said last week that the government plans to start opening centres next year after the National Policy on Elderly People for 2017-2030 is implemented.