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Lawmaker advocates for all LGUs to provide nursing homes for abandoned seniors.
Senator Win Gatchalian has reintroduced a bill to create nursing homes for elderly people who are abandoned or homeless in every city and municipality.
These nursing homes will be managed and maintained by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in collaboration with the relevant local government units (LGUs) under Senate Bill No. 950, also known as the “Homes for Abandoned Seniors Act of 2022.”
But according to the bill, it will be up to LGUs to construct these nursing facilities.
The “Bahay Kalinga” and “Bahay Kanlungan Tahanan Nila Lolo at Lola” in Valenzuela City, which both offered older residents homelike conditions, served as models for Gatchalian’s legislation.
Bahay Kalinga, built in 2012, is a two-story halfway house for 25 elderly people who are homeless or abandoned. Up to 90 senior citizens can dwell in the four-story “Bahay Kanlungan,” which opens in 2021. Physical therapists, psychologists, dietitians, and house parents who keep an eye on the elderly round-the-clock are all on staff at Bahay Kanlungan’s own clinic.
While Valenzuela City was able to come up with ways to meet the requirements of elderly people who had been abandoned or were homeless, Gatchalian argued that the number of seniors who were abandoned, neglected, or who were homeless nationwide must not be ignored.
“Tungkulin na nakakatanggap ng sapat na pagkalinga na ang ating mga lolo at lola ay may maayos na tirahan at nakakatanggap. It is our job to ensure that our grandparents live in respectable homes and receive the care they need, even if they are living with us in our own families. To that end, nursing homes are where those who need them should be placed. We will work to have nursing homes built for our senior residents in every city and municipality to make it happen,” Gatchalian said in a news release on Sunday.
According to Gatchalian’s plan, nursing institutions for the elderly who are homeless or abandoned must include suitable living quarters, sufficient food, clothing, counseling, health care, and medical advice or treatment.
The main author of this bill was Gatchalian, who filed it during the 17th and 18th Congresses.
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