This month the Primary Healthcare division of the Dubai Health Authority announced that it will begin providing home care to seniors. Services that may be provided through home visits include curative, preventative, and rehabilitative nursing, as well as interdisciplinary needs assessments. The director of Health Affairs,  Dr. Nahed Monsef, said he was uncertain of how the program would respond to Dubai’s  growing senior population.  “There is a need to plan for the future and since the percentage of elderly population in the Emirate will increase over the coming years, we are putting our plans in place to ensure we provide the best possible services,” he said. Response to the initiative has been positive and many families have requested home visits for their elderly parents.

Home based services play a part in allowing the elderly to stay in their homes. In turn, staying at home can facilitate older people feeling independent and promote their  ongoing involvement in stimulating social and civic activities. If current trends continue, the need for home based care will expand significantly over the next 20 years.  How does your organization plan to expand home and community based services to meet growing demand?