NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE HEALTHCARE OF THE ELDERLY (NPHCE)
To provide accessible, affordable, high-quality long-term and dedicated care services to an ageing population with a concept of Active and Healthy Ageing The NPHCE Programme initially started in the FY 2011-12 in Karnataka.The NPHCE program is being implemented in a phased manner in Karnataka
2011: Kolar & Shimoga.
2011-12: Tumkur, Udupi & Chikamagalur.
2015-16:Bijapur, Belgaum, Bagalokot,Gulbarga & Dharwad
As per the NPOP, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare was entrusted with the following agenda to attend to the health care needs of the elderly:
Establishing Geriatric ward for elderly patients at all district level hospitals.
Expansion of treatment facilities for chronic, terminal and degenerative diseases.
Providing Improved medical facilities to those not able to attend medical centers:
Srengthening of CHCs / PHCs / Mobile Clinics.
Inclusion of geriatric care in the syllabus of medical courses including courses for nurses.
Reservation of beds for elderly in public hospitals.
Training of Geriatric Care Givers.
Setting up research institutes for chronic elderly diseases such as Dementia & Alzheimer.
In the programme, it is envisaged providing promotional, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in an integrated manner for the Elderly in various Government health facilities. The package of services would depend on the level of health facility and may vary from facility to facility. The range of services will include health promotion, preventive services, diagnosis and management of geriatric medical problems (out and in-patient), day care services, rehabilitative services and home based care as needed. Districts will be linked to Regional Geriatric Centres for providing tertiary level care.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
To provide an easy access to promotional, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to the elderly through community based primary health care approach
To identify health problems in the elderly and provide appropriate health interventions in the community with a strong referral backup support.
To build capacity of the medical and paramedical professionals as well as the caretakers within the family for providing health care to the elderly.
To provide referral services to the elderly patients through district hospitals, regional medical institutions.