A charity caring for the elderly has started providing the homeless with foster families. Ihasan Association also provides an ambulance service to help the elderly and the disabled reach hospitals for healthcare needs, serving 1,700 elderly so far.
The association has signed an agreement with Mitsui E&P Middle East BV to provide an ambulance equipped with medical equipment to care for the elderly.
Runner up of the ‘Sultan Qaboos Award for Voluntary Work 2019’ in the category of institutions and associations, Ihasan Association provides care for the elderly and continues to spread awareness among the society on the need for strengthening bonds between members of the society.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Jokha Mohammed Khamis al Farsi, head and founder of Ihsan Association, said, “We signed an agreement with Mitsui E&P Middle East BV a few days ago to provide an ambulance for the association.”
The association has three ambulances and, after this agreement, it will get a fourth one. “Our association provides an ambulance service to help the elderly and the disabled reach hospitals for routine check-ups and other healthcare needs. We have provided 1,700 elderly persons access to hospitals in Muscat and other wilayts, so far. We sterilise the ambulances daily to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and take all necessary precautions durign this pandemic.”
Jokha added that the association has recently started a successful initiative where foster families were provided for 13 elderly persons. “We provide alternative families for older people who have no children or relatives to care for. These foster families provide them all that they need, from lodging, food to healthcare. We also cooperate with the Ministry of Social Development to help these families by paying for a helper and increasing the social security allowance for the elderly,” said Jokha.
She added, “Ihsan Association aims to strengthen the bonds between members of the society and teaching the society to care for the elderly. We hold awareness seminars among community members, such as in schools and Omani women’s associations and talk about the needs and assistance of the elderly.”
About the future, she said, “We will continue our awareness campaign to include all the wilayats of the sultanate. We will also spread social awareness about the care of the elderly in the society.”