Kilis Elderly Day Care Centre
UNDP Turkey CO (
United Nations / Multilateral body
Within the scope of "Social Cohesion Between Syrian and Host Communities Through Women's Empowerment Project" implemented by GAP RDA and UNDP Turkey, an elderly day care centre was established in Kilis in 2020. A place has been allocated by Kilis Municipality and Kilis Governorship to be used as the Elderly Day Care Centre through a protocol with GAP RDA. With the guidance and mentoring of the Social Services Expert the renovation of the Center has been completed. Until now, 126 elderly people registered to the Centre.
The elderly day care centre has been designed as a second home for elderly people in order to support their participation to daily life as an active and productive manner, to meet their socio-cultural needs, to direct them to volunteer work, to support intercultural integration and cohesion, to empower their intergenerational solidarity, to improve their standards of living and to provide support services in accordance with the principle of on-site aging without separating the elders from its living area. A report on best practices for day care services for elderly people in the world and legal framework on social services for Elderly People in Turkey has been prepared. The dynamics of elderly population in has also been investigated.
The ratio of elderly population increases due to increased life expectancy at birth. The Elderly Day Care Centre has a crucial role as well as for the localization of SGD3, SDG5, SDG10. Healthy Ageing is fundamental to the achievement of universal health coverage, implicit in Goal 3. Optimizing opportunities for good health at all stages of life will ensure that elderly can maintain independence and increase their social and economic participation in society, while reducing healthcare costs. Moreover, these Centres decreases the double-burden for the women who are obliged to look after elderly (SDG5) and provides an opportunity to reduce the inequalities for elderly.
Key components of the activities included: • Needs Assessment (In order to implement a sustainable project a need assessment was conducted) • Project Activity Plan (Project activities planned based on the needs assessment) • Cooperation Memorandum (A cooperation memorandum was prepared and signed among all stakeholders) • Analysis on Elderly Day Care support services in the world • Maintenance and support services for the elderly in Turkey and legal framework: day care • Planning for field work (physical space, social dimension, etc.) • Preparing the training program to be used in the Elderly Day Care Centre • Determining the qualifications and stakeholders of the people who will give the training program at Elderly Day Care Centre • Preparation of registration forms • Evaluation and reporting • Physically Design of the Elderly Day Care Centre (ergonomic design, organizing accessibility, etc.) • Geotechnical implementation (placing digital items at the centre) • Informing the specialist who is working at the Elderly Day Care Centre (registration acceptance forms and training related to the operation) • Develop social activities for elderly such as handicraft, yoga, reading a book • Monitoring and Evaluation • Awareness Raising Activities, Seminars, Media, Conference Attendance etc.
A training curriculum for the staff of the Centre was developed and the required qualification of trainers for the application of the training curriculum were identified. Moreover, admissions and registration forms for people to be cared at the Centre were prepared. The project focused on inclusive care services in order to decrease the double-burden for the women who are obliged to look after elderly. Therefore, it was planned to organize online psycho-social support webinars for the elderly, their families and the health and social workers with the goal of increasing their vocational adjustment and resilience over the course of the pandemic. different webinars on psycho-social support were organized for three main target groups: health and social service workers, the elderly and their families. It was aimed to improve knowledge and skills of the service workers, the elderly and their families to respond to their psychological, social and cultural needs and ease the burden on women and family members taking care of the elderly people . Dietitian Dilara Koçak as a guest speaker discussed the basics of well living from nutrition to exercise.
With this project following new approaches, prototypes implementation and lessons learned: A unique model was developed in Kilis The localization of SDGs was achieved by reducing inequalities among elderly, increasing the social and economic participation of elderly in society. The project contributed to the gender equality by decreasing the burden of elderly care The project precisely contributed to localize SDG #3 Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG#5 Gender Equality; SDG#10 Reducing Inequalities. There was also extensive technical expertise contribution devoted to the design and implementation. Within this experience it is concrete that there are still many opportunities exist for SDGs to be implemented through different cooperation and project implementation models.
The provision of care services for the elderly through public authorities and the empowerment of women are closely related. Considering the well-being of both the elderly, their families and the women who take care of them, it is utmost important to strengthen home care services and provide support to day care support systems. In this context, it is important to create employment opportunities for qualified labor that provides professional care and to set up day care services that will support active aging. Therefore, Kilis Elderly Day Care Centre will be disseminated in other destinations in the region in order to ensure sustainability. A survey has been carried out regarding the services provided at the centre and accessibility of elderly to the services at the Centre. Moreover, the impact of the Center on the families as well as on the elderly were also investigated. Additional measures were taken for the guaranteeing the sustainability of the Center.
One of the groups that needed physical and mental support the most are the elderly and their families during the pandemic. The project focused on inclusive care services in order to decrease the double-burden for the women who are obliged to look after elderly. Therefore, online psycho-social support webinars were organized for the elderly, their families and the health and social workers with the goal of increasing their vocational adjustment and resilience over the course of the pandemic. Health and social service workers, the elderly and their families in Kilis, Hatay, Mardin, Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa attended to the webinars. It was aimed to improve knowledge and skills of the service workers, the elderly and their families to respond to their psychological, social and cultural needs and ease the burden on women and family members taking care of the elderly people with these trainings.
SDGS & Targets
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Deliverables & Timeline
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