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Don’t Put Elderly In Age Care Homes: Minister Akbar

Don’t Put Elderly In Age Care Homes: Minister Akbar
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (right), with 68-year-old Ram Rati at the Golden Age Home in Lautoka. Photo: Charles Chambers.
May 11
09:12 2016

The Ministry Of Women will begin clamping down on the increase of elderly people being left and forgotten in state care homes.

Line Minister Rosy Akbar said: “Please take care of your elderly, especially the mothers who brought you into this world.”

Her plea came during her visit to the Golden Age Home in Natabua, Lautoka on Sunday night as part of her Mother’s Day visits.

Ms Akbar began her Mother’s Day visits with breakfast with mothers at the state care home in Labasa, lunch in Suva with the elderly at the Samabula Old People’s Home, afternoon tea with mothers at  Saint Meena’s Home and dinner at the Golden Age Home in Lautoka.

“The problem of families leaving their parents in care homes has been a long time issue and this will not continue,” Ms Akbar said.

“Of course the Government is here to care but we cannot let families push their elderly out and leave them in state care homes.”

Ms Akbar said her ministry was appealing to the families of the elderly citizens.

“We tried reasoning with them but it’s not working,” she said.

She said her ministry was in the final stages of completing the Standards Operational Manual which would set the way forward towards curbing the increase of elderly being left at care homes.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

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