UAE to establish country’s first dedicated elderly care centre in Dubai
Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and UAE-based healthcare investment company Vita, have signed an agreement to open the country’s first centre specialising in healthcare services for the elderly in the emirate.
Once completed, the Vita Elderly Care Complex with a capacity of 250 beds will offer a range of services including an Outpatient Geriatric Medical Centre, Advanced Nursing Home (Long-term Care), Alzheimer’s Centre, Elderly Day Care Centre, Rehabilitation Facility, Ventilated Care Centre, Home Care Centre and Home Health Monitoring.
The new geriatric centre, operated through Vita Care, will be a key component of the Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2 freezone located in Al Jaddaf Dubai, overlooking Dubai Creek.
Under the agreement, Vita and its medical and operating partners will build a state-of-the-the art healthcare facility, offering comprehensive healthcare services for elderly Emirati and expats over the age of 65.
“We are pleased to unveil this mega project, a testament to our commitment and duty to meet demand for integrated, quality healthcare services for the elderly, a key and growing demographic of UAE society,” said Jamal Abdulsalam, CEO of Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DCHA), the governing body of DHCC.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Al Gurg, Vita chairman said, “Specialised medical care and non-clinical services for the elderly are currently not available at optimum capacity in the UAE. Addressing the needs of an ageing population is both a moral imperative and an essential service in the continuum of care.”
With a capacity of 250 beds, Vita Care will provide dedicated high-quality care across eight healthcare components.
— DHCC (@HealthcareCity) August 29, 2021
“As Dubai continues to provide leading healthcare services to its population, we believe that there is a vital and unmet need for elderly care that must be addressed. This is ever more evident in a post Covid-19 world, where the elderly have been one of the most impacted and vulnerable sections of society. Through the establishment of Vita Care, our aim is to place Dubai as a regional and global leader in this critical area of medical and pastoral care for the elderly,” added Al Gurg.
The UAE hosts one of the largest senior populations in the region, and second highest in the GCC for life expectancy.