June 13, 2024
You Risk A Ksh1M Fine For Illegally Running Elderly Homes In The Proposed Bill

You Risk A Ksh1M Fine For Illegally Running Elderly Homes In The Proposed Bill

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection on Tuesday requested feedback on the newly proposed Older Persons Bill, 2024, which was submitted to safeguard the elderly.

The legislation, prepared by Leader of the Majority and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, stipulates that anyone who violates the restrictions commits a crime and faces a Ksh1 million fine.

“A person who is convicted of an offence under this Act for which no penalty is provided shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three (3) years, or to both,” reads part of the bill.

Furthermore, anyone who abuses an aged person in the institution commits a crime and, if convicted, faces the penalties listed above.

The bill includes charges such as physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The bill requires that all caregivers respect the elderly.

Aside from the penalties, the bill details the registration guidelines, the rights of the aged, the functions of the Secretary for Social Development, and the responsibility of both the national and county governments to older people.

According to the draft, all assisted living homes in the country that are currently in operation must be registered after the measure is passed.

All licensed home care services must be re-registered every two years, or risk losing their license. All caretakers at the institutions must be properly trained.

The bill also requires these facilities to use a person-centered care approach.

In addition, depending on the size of the institution, each aged care facility should have a social worker, a caregiver, and a nurse.

The secretary will be responsible for keeping a record of the home care facilities, monitoring them, and determining how any individual who operates the homes can be financially or otherwise supported.

You Risk A Ksh1M Fine For Illegally Running Elderly Homes In The Proposed Bill

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