Sh Manoj Sinha
Hon'ble Lt Governor,UT of J&K
Shri Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar
Advisor to
Hon'ble LG UT of J&K
Sh. Atal Dulloo, IAS
Chief Secretary,
J & K
Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, IAS
Secretary to the Government, H & M Education, J&K
Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather
Director Health Services, Kashmir

National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE)

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Title of the Scheme National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE)
Funding Pattern of SchemeThe Centre will bear 90% of the total budget and the State Government will contribute 10% of the budget, for activities up to district level.
Brief DescriptionKeeping in view the recommendations made in the “National Policy on Older Persons” as well as the state’s obligation under the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act 2007”, The MoHFW launched the NPHCE during the year 2010-11, in the 11th plan period, to address various health related problems of elderly people.
Beneficiaries & Eligibility CriteriaAll elderly People (above 60 Years) in the country.
Types of BenefitsFree, Specialized health care facilities exclusively for the elderly people through the State health delivery system.
How to Avail BenefitsThe State Government/Union Territory should furnish programme Implementation plan in the prescribed format to avail the facility for implementation of the programme as per the guidelines and terms and conditions

    As per census 2011, 7.5% of the population of India is above the age of 60 Years. The National Programme for Health care Of Elderly (NPHCE) is an articulation of the International and National committees of the Government. It is pertinent to mention that National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) has been included in Flexi Pool with four other Programmes including NPCDCS, National Tobacco Control Programme(NTCP) ,National Programme for Control of Blindness(NPCB) and National Mental Health Programme (NMHP).


  • To provide an easy access to promotional, Preventive, Curative, and rehabilitative services to the elderly through community based primary health care approach.
  • To identify health problems in the elderly and provide appropriate health interventions in the community with a strong referral backup support.

  • Packages of services to be made available at different levels under NPHCE

    Health Facility Packages of services
    Sub centre • Health Education related to healthy ageing
    • Domiciliary visits for attention and care to home bound / bedridden elderly persons and provide training to the family care providers in looking after the disabled elderly persons.
    • Arrange for suitable calipers and supportive devices from the PHC to the elderly disabled persons to make them ambulatory.
    • Linkage with other support groups and day care centers etc. operational in the area
    PHC • Weekly geriatric clinic run by a trained Medical Officer
    • Maintain record of the Elderly using standard format during their first visit
    • Conducting a routine health assessment of the elderly persons based on simple clinical examination relating to eye, BP, blood sugar, etc.
    • Provision of medicines and proper advice on chronic ailments
    • Public awareness on promotional, preventive and rehabilitative aspects of geriatrics during health and village sanitation day/camps.
    • Referral for diseases needing further investigation and treatment, to Community Health Centre or the District Hospital as per need
    Community Health Centre First Referral Unit (FRU) for the Elderly from PHCs and below
    . • Geriatric Clinic for the elderly persons twice a week.
    • Rehabilitation Unit for physiotherapy and counseling
    • Domiciliary visits by the rehabilitation worker for bed ridden elderly and counseling of the family members on their home-based care.
    • Health promotion and Prevention
    • Referral of difficult cases to District Hospital/higher health care facility
    District Hospital • Geriatric Clinic for regular dedicated OPD services to the Elderly.
    • Facilities for laboratory investigations for diagnosis and provision of medicines for geriatric medical and health problems
    • Ten-bedded Geriatric Ward for in-patient care of the Elderly
    • Existing specialties like General Medicine; Orthopedics, Ophthalmology; ENT services etc. will provide services needed by elderly patients.
    • Provide services for the elderly patients referred by the CHCs/PHCs etc
    • Conducting camps for Geriatric Services in PHCs/CHCs and other sites
    • Referral services for severe cases to tertiary level hospitals
    Regional Geriatric Centre • Geriatric Clinic (Specialized OPD for the Elderly)
    • 30-bedded Geriatric Ward for in-patient care and dedicated beds for the elderly patients in the various specialties viz. Surgery, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Urology, Ophthalmology, Neurology etc.
    • Laboratory investigation required for elderly with a special sample collection centre in the OPD block.
    • Tertiary health care to the cases referred from medical colleges, district hospitals and below