The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation today signed grant agreements with six aged care homes under the National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) grant at the Senior Citizens Home in Samabula, Suva.
Permanent secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta signed the grant agreements with Housing Assistance and Relief Trust and Pearce Home, Senior Citizens Ba Community Centre, Suva Relief Trust and Pearce Home, the Methodist Church of Fiji (for Navuaira Society of the Disabled Persons), the Mother Aubert Channel Home of Compassion and the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul.
NCOP has been consistently resourced a budget of $404,000 for this financial year. Aligned to complementing service delivery by existing Non-Government Organisations and Charitable Trusts for older persons, the NCOP provides Grants based on applications for support funding to specific agencies.
Since 2014, a total of 10 agencies have been assisted under the NCOP Grant with a total of $367,473. Funding assistance has generally assisted in addressing the promotion of the inclusion, protection, health and provision of enabling environments for older persons, whether it be at the community or institutional level.
PS Koroivueta acknowledged the work done by homes for the care of older persons as it is not only an issue for Government to look into but for the country as a whole.
“We need to prepare our communities for the care and support of the older person. We need to be prepared in terms of the provision of mobility aids and also ensuring that the infrastructure that we have are accessible; not only in the aged-care homes but also the amenities around the country,” PS Koroivueta said.
He also said Government would soon announce the free bus fare provision for older persons or all those aged 60 plus.
Meanwhile, the grant allocation for the six aged care homes are as follows:
– Housing Assistance and Relief Trust and Pearce Home ($29,301.94)
– Senior Citizens Ba Community Centre ($46,000)
– Suva Relief Trust and Pearce Home ($22,000)
– The Methodist Church of Fiji (for Navuaira Society of the Disabled Persons ($19,180.00)
– The Mother Aubert Channel Home of Compassion ($32,700)
– The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul ($40,000)