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Councilor Dizon wants homecare help for elderly, people with disabilities

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Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon is pushing for home care support services to indigent persons severely disabled and seriously-ill senior citizens.

Dizon filed an ordinance that will establish a system of home care support services to be spearheaded by the barangay to provide support to persons with disability, terminally-ill, bedridden indigent senior citizens and their families, who cannot afford the high-cost treatment of the services in private health care institution or care givers or personal assistants.

According to him, there are persons with disability and senior citizens who are in dire need of urgent care and assistance from the government.

The current public health care services of the State usually do not include home services and hospice care to bedridden and terminally ill senior citizens and persons with disability, he lamented. (https://bit.ly/31JNLwX)

Under Section 4 of the proposed ordinance, the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) is mandated to create a Home Care Service Support Council in every barangay.

Section 5 also requires mandatory trainings and seminar to be conducted by the DSWS and the City Health Office to equip the implementers with knowledge and skills.

There are at least 9,986 persons with disability registered and around 77,000 registered senior citizens in Cebu City.

Citing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, the Department of Health said persons with disability are those “who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”