270 elderly benefit from home care programme in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH — As many as 270 elderly people from across the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah have benefited from the home-based old-age care programme offered by the RAK Medical Zone.

According to a top official there, the old-age health care system has been extended to all areas of the emirate as of Wednesday, as part of the Zone’s celebrations of the UAE National Day.

“The move is aimed to make the medical check ups more attainable to this special and dear segment of the society who may not be able to visit the hospitals and health care centres in person,” said Dr Yasser Essa Al Nuaimi, Director of RAK Medical Zone. Dr Al Nuaimi indicated that the RAK Medical Zone is the first to initiate the service in the Ministry of Health.

“We first put the service in place in December 2008, and then it was generalised to all medical zones in the country.” Explaining, Dr Al Nuaimi said the programme started with training the medical and nursing cadre to be extended from only the Julphar Medical Centre to all areas of the emirate. As part of the programme, the aged people’s general health is monitored on a regular basis.

“The highly qualified and trained staffers take the vital signs and record the pressure and glucose levels.

They periodically collect a sample of blood and urine for laboratory testing, and check with the nearest medical facility.” Observing patients’ nutrition, and timely changing urinary catheter as per set schedule, paying more attention to the patients confined to bed are further services provided.

“The medics in service have been trained to prevent, treat and avoid complications of bedsores and other wounds. The medicines needed are also provided.

Meanwhile, families are also enlightened about the best way to observe and follow up the needs of the patients in terms of physical therapy and other services, and providing them with wheelchairs and bed items. “The elderly are also trained to be self-dependant,” Dr Al Nuaimi said.


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