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Supporting the Aged Care Sector in Preventing and Mitigating the Negative Impact of COVID-19 on Older Persons in Malaysia

Project statusOngoing
Contact Rahimah Ibrahim
Institution web pagehttp://myageing.upm.edu.my
Host institution Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Team members Tengku Aizan Tengku Abdul Hamid Tan Maw Pin Siti Anom Ahmad Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani Yap Wei Aun Hakimah Mohamad Sallehudin Kejal Hasmuk Delren Thomas Douglas Chai Sen Tyng Norisma Aiza Ismail Siti Suhailah Abdullah Siti Aisyah Nor Akahbar
Funding information (if funded) World Health Organization [WHO 2020/1026103-0] Period - June, 2020 - February, 2021
Project Summary

This primary purpose of this activity is to improve the early recognition, prevention, response and control of COVID-19 among older persons living in institutions and the community-at-large. The specific objectives are as follows:
1. To support related government agencies in the comprehensive development of guidelines for the welfare and care management of older persons in long-term care facilities during COVID-19 pandemic period;
2. To evaluate the needs of at-risk and vulnerable older persons and assess the operational challenges of relevant health and social aged care providers in managing the risks and impact of COVID-19 on the elderly; and
3. To strengthen the capacity of aged care service providers, including care workers and family caregivers, in the management of older persons with chronic multimorbidity during COVID-19 pandemic period by coordinating information and resources across different sectors and at all levels.

Outputs / Expected Outputs

The work with MOH, MWFCD and relevant stakeholders on the capacity building of IPC measures for the older population living in communities as well as facilities
Output 1: To develop comprehensive national guidelines with multiple scenarios and other official materials (i.e. checklists, toolkits, instructional videos) for the detection, prevention, response and control of COVID-19 among older Malaysians living in institutions and the community.
Output 2: To conduct rapid, web-based behavioral insight assessments, evaluate the health and social care needs of at-risk older persons during the coronavirus pandemic as well as identifying the challenges of aged care providers in different settings for policy input.
Output 3: To conduct infection control training through an enhanced industry-wide network and facilitate the acquisition of needed PPE supplies to strengthen the capacity of aged care operators, care workers and family caregivers in the care management of older persons.

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Supporting the Aged Care Sector in Preventing and Mitigating the Negative Impact of COVID-19 on Older Persons in Malaysia