One-Week Moral Leave for the Elderly and Disabled Citizens during the Feast

morale leave for citizens of old and disabled age
Photograph: Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services

The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services continues to implement all measures meticulously to minimize the effects of the pandemic, prevent the spread of the disease and protect elderly people at high risk in public and private institutions that provide care services to the disabled and the elderly.


Family, Labor and Social Services Minister Zehra Emerald Selcuk, noting that the new coronavirus measures have not yet begun to take insignificant cases in Turkey, the case was reminiscent of the introduction of restrictions also visit the organization from the moment it is seen. Reminding that the residents of the nursing home could not celebrate with their relatives during the Ramadan Feast, due to the coronavirus precautions, Minister Selçuk said, “We did not want our elderly and disabled citizens to be deprived of the celebration celebration in the next Eid Festival. This holiday, our elderly and disabled citizens will be able to go to their families with a week off. My request from our elders and relatives is to spend this holiday in accordance with the rules of social distance. ”

Return of Holidays to be Isolated in Organizations

Minister Selçuk also noted that disabled and elderly citizens who will use the leave can only enter the institutions on their return leave on the day of shift change. Underlining that after the leave, disabled and elderly citizens will be coronavirus tested before being taken into the establishment, Minister Selçuk said, “They will abide by the social isolation rules in our establishments for at least 7 days after the negative test.” used expressions.

Fixed Shifts to Continue until 31 August, Shifts Will Be At Least 7 Days

Stating that he will continue to work on fixed shifts for at least 31 days until August 7, Minister Selçuk said, “I would like to thank our staff, who are with our elderly and disabled people, who help them day and night, in their pandemic process, separately.” said.

EYHGM Prepared Normalization Guide

General Directorate of Disabled and Elderly Services prepared “COVID-19 Normalization Guide”. In the guide, where the works for the disabled and the elderly are explained, the things to be considered in the kitchen, dining halls, cafeteria, sports and social activities during the normalization process were shared.

The guide included suggestions for the presence of a hygienic mat at the kitchen entrances, the kitchen staff not working without a mask, the meal service being done by the staff of the dining hall in the form of a table d'hote, the participation of those with chronic diseases with the recommendation of a physician and their activities in order to maintain their social distance in team games such as bocca.

Keep Calm and Think Positive

The ministry also made the following recommendations on what can be done to protect psychological health in the normalization process:

“Having pessimistic thoughts about the future and acting as if there were no outbreaks can negatively affect sleep and eating patterns. We should try to think positively, staying as calm as possible. Installing future disaster scenarios worsens the moment we are in and lowers our existing motivation. We must not forget that we are not alone in this process.

Exercise in the Room

Sharing our feelings and thoughts helps reduce our anxiety and fear. Within the framework of the establishment rules, it should plan the time daily or weekly; We must create daily routines for ourselves without leaving the measures like social distance, hand washing, mask.

In this process, it will be good for us to keep our body and mind active. We should do activities that we think will be good for us, such as listening to music, reading books, exercising in the room. We must take part in the sports and social activities and slopes organized in the organization by following the precautions.

Stay Away From Smoking, Video Communication With Your Relatives

In this period, we should especially stay away from harmful habits such as smoking. We should not interrupt communication with our loved ones. We should communicate with our family members, friends and relatives through communication methods such as video call, voice call, and messaging. We should ask for help from our staff in our organizations, especially if we experience problems with new technology.


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