Perception of Care Practice for the Elderly in Malaysia

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Although formal care for the elderly has been established since early 1950’s, Malaysians still place great emphasis on the preservation of the family and the value of taking care of elderly people. Many Malaysians are consistent and have a firm stand on the traditional definition of taking care of their parents. However, heading into a society where the aging population is expanding and the cultural value is changing, the needs of the elderly become increasingly entwined with appropriate health and care needs. Therefore, in the next decade, institutional care which provides formal care to the elderly may no longer be considered unacceptable for an older person and society but be seen as an alternative for families to take care of their third age family members. This paper seeks to expose the level of awareness with regards to elderly issues, the formal and informal practice for care of the elderly, how knowledge practice is applied to caring activities, and the perception of the needs of the elderly from the particular position of Malaysian professionals. The perception of the seven core minimum standards of the Care Home for the Elderly (CHfE) in the UK as well as the potential barriers, enablers, comments and suggestions for the renewal of organisational knowledge practice at the CHfE in Malaysia is considered. Some analysis and survey findings will be discussed as part of the research process for the purpose of strengthening research questions for a PhD thesis entitled “Opportunities for the Transfer of United Kingdom (UK) Best Practices for the Provision of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly”


Keywords: The Elderly, Elderly Care Practice, Best Practice
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Perception of Care Practice for the Elderly in Malaysia


Noralfishah Sulaiman

Student, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Salford, Manchester, UK

Norah is currently undertaking her PhD at the School of the Built Environment (SOBe), University of Salford, United Kingdom. She graduated her Bachelor Degree in Valuation and Property Management (Hons) from the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Engineering, University Technology of Malaysia in 1999. Immediately after graduation she commenced her Master of Science Degree in Facilities Management and awarded with distinction from the same university in 2001. After working as a research assistant at the University Technology of Malaysia, in December 2002, she has been attached to the Department of Construction and Property Management, Faculty of Technology Management, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) as a lecturer. In Malaysia, she involved in research activities between the Centre of Excellence for Facilities Management (CEFM), UTHM and Housing Research Institute (HRC), University Putra Malaysia. She was a former Secretary for Malaysia Association of Facilities Managers (MAFM). Her specialiations and research interests are in the field of Property Management, Housing Studies, Housing Provision, Social Housing, Housing Development, Housing for the Elderly, Facilities Management Best Practice, Best Practice Transfer, and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM). Her PhD research is aimed to seek the Opportunities for the Transfer of United Kingdom (UK) Best Practices for the Provision of Care Homes for the Elderly in Malaysia.

David Baldry

Associate Head of Teaching, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford
Salford, UK

David Baldry is the Associate Head of Teaching within the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford and a Chartered Building Surveyor and Construction Manager with experience in contracting organisations and the public sector. His interests include; Facilities Management, Project Management, Strategic property management, Corporate responsibility in the built environment and Equality and Diversity policies and practices.

Prof. Leslie Ruddock

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment, University of Salford
Salford, Manchester, UK


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