University of Islam  Malang was appointed to assist the provincial government of East Java to reform and formulate standard guidelines for social services for the elderly (28/11). Representatives of the East Java provincial government also attended Unisma in Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and seminars on the results of drafting standard guidelines for elderly social services for East Java province in the East Java study center room, Unisma graduate building.

The rector of Unisma, Prof. Dr. H. Maskuri M.Si, said that the guidelines could later be disseminated to the wider community. So, the handling of the elderly in the family environment can be better. “Not only (given) to the institutions, but also to the family environment,” he said

According to him, the handling of the elderly in the family environment is still considered not optimal. Thus, these guidelines need to be disseminated. “So that the role of the community can also be maximized,” he explained.

Meanwhile, representatives of the East Java Province Social Service, Dr. Boby Soemiarsono, conveyed that this activity aims to improve the quality of social services in social institutions. Because so far, the social care services are still not optimal.

“It is admitted that many social institutions have not met the minimum service standards,” he explained.

Not only that, this guideline will also be used as a standard reference for social welfare services especially the elderly service cluster in the East Java Social Service. “We also express our deep gratitude to all those who have contributed to this activity,” he said.

The head of Community Service and Research Center of Unisma, Dr. Nour Athiroh Abdoes Sjakur, S.Si., M.Kes, said that the campus which is the pride of Nahdlatul Ulama has long established close cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. That cooperation has been followed up by the appointment of this university to formulate  standard guidelines for social services for the elderly in East Java.