In order to operate a Home for Elder Persons and Persons with Disabilities in the Republic of Cyprus, legal or natural persons need to obtain a Registration Certificate by the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.
The term "Home for Elder Persons and Persons with Disabilities" refers to any premises within which accomodation is provided to more than five individuals, over the age of eighteen years old, who due to a disability or advanced age or any other reasons or circumstances are in need of care and treatment; it includes anything related to these premises or other premises or area used for this purpose.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to register a Home for Elder Persons and Persons with Disabilities, provided that the Social Welfare Services is satisfied that the following criteria are met:
On site inspection of the Homes for Elder Persons and Persons with Disabilities' premises is carried out by authorised persons of the Director of Social Welfare Services in order to ensure that all the prerequisites are met.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within four months from the date that the application form and supporting documents have been dully submitted.The authorisation shall not be deemed to have been granted if the Social Welfare Services has not replied within the period specified.
The Certificate of Registration of an Adult Day-Care Centre is valid infinitively, subject to the annual renewal of the Certificate of Eligibility by the Department of Fire Safety, the Public Health Services, and the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services, the Health Certificates and the Certificates of Clear Criminal Record for each staff member.
Obligations and Supervision
Registered Homes for the Elderly and Disabled Persons are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Homes for the Elderly and Disabled Persons Law, and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to ensure that the requirements regarding the following are met: