Elderly care homes are on fast track to receive operating permit; Permits should be approved by August 1, 2019

ORANJESTAD - The Inspection of Public health Aruba has announced the deadline for elders care homes to have their operating permits in place by August 1, 2019.

The Inspection of Public Health met with four government entities; the Department for Public Health’s Elderly Care and Hygiene (DESPA), the Fire Department and the Department of Technical Inspection (DTI) in order to facilitate the elderly care homes with the regulated permits.

Together they established a fast-track for the nursing homes. The intention of the fast-track is to make the permit process more efficient. Once a petition is submitted, this will be forwarded to the above-mentioned departments for an effective planning. This will make it possible for quicker site inspections for the process of approving the regulated permits.

Representatives of the Department for Public Health’s Elderly Care and Hygiene (DESPA), the Fire Department and the Department of Technical Inspection (DTI)

According to the law for elderly care of February 1 2017, all elderly care homes must have an operating permit per mentioned date. Since most care homes existed before the introduction of the law in 2017, they provided a transition period so they can arrange their permits properly. The set deadline is August 1, 2019.

An information evening was organized on March 19, 2019 at the MFA Paradera to provide all information related to the fast-track and to serve as a reminder of the deadline. Each elderly care home is responsible for their own permits; the fast track serves only as a way of assisting with the quicker handling of such permit. Elderly care homes with no valid permits will be sanctioned and may even result in closing down of the nursing home. The safety of the caregivers and clients is very important and shall not be risked. Safety can not be guaranteed without the right permits.