A healthcare provider is introducing services for the elderly which include bingo, grooming services and day trips on the back of visa changes for retirees in the UAE.
The health and social care packages are to be offered by Manzil Healthcare Services to UAE nationals, expats living and working in the emirates and elderly tourists visiting the UAE. The service follows the recent announcement of five-year retiree visas for expats who wish to stay in the UAE after they have retired.
Although the thought of spending at least part of their retirement years in the UAE is new to foreigners, Manzil said it was important that social activities for older residents were on offer.
In order to apply, the retiree must own a real estate investment worth Dhs2 million ($544,510), have financial savings of more than Dhs1 million ($272,255) or proof of income of more than Dhs20,000 ($5,445) a month, according to state-run WAM news agency. Applications start next year, as reported.
In addition, the scheme will also be open to short-term residents such as parents of expats working in the UAE who arrive to visit their adult children and stay for three months or so. The subscription-based scheme will include healthcare visits by nurses or caregivers, services such as haircuts and shaving and awareness packages about diet and lifestyle tips for the elderly.