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Nursing Home Resident Uses Skills To Be Productive

Tirisa Qocatabua may be a resident at the Golden Age Home in Samabula, but she is de­termined to be productive and make use of her sewing skills. The 51-year-old was
06 Oct 2018 10:00
Nursing Home Resident Uses Skills To Be Productive
The Regional Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Pacific Dr Chitralekha Massey (fourth from left- sitting)with the residents and staff of Golden Age Home in Samabula, Suva on October 5, 2018. . Photo: Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Tirisa Qocatabua may be a resident at the Golden Age Home in Samabula, but she is de­termined to be productive and make use of her sewing skills.

The 51-year-old was part of the Open Day yesterday sell­ing her doormats at $5 and $10 each.

She came to live at the nursing home aftern her leg was amputated.

She was unable to take care of herself and has lived in the home since 2016.

But once a week she visits her daughter and her family in Tamavua.

Ms Qocatabua has been sewing doormats since last year. She is from Ovea, Bau in Tailevu.

Her husband is no longer with her, but Ms Qocatabua is hopeful that she can keep herself occupied and still live a happy life.

“This keeps me busy and I can improve my sewing skills and I also get resourc­es to sew,” she said.

The day’s event saw a spe­cial guest who paid a visit to the nursing home.

A total of 58 residents at­tended this Open Day which included snacks, handicraft sales as well as music and entertainment.

Regional Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Pacific Dr Chitralekha Massey said: “The office of the United Na­tions Human Rights consid­ers each one of you a very important element and part of everyday life, the founda­tion of our society.

“People over 60, the num­bers of people in that age group are increasing in an unprecedented rate all over the world.

“At this moment, it is esti­mated that over 240 million people are over 60.”

“It’s very necessary to ac­knowledge and understand that each need is specific and that everybody must have the right to live an active life and we will con­tinue to be in society that isolation and discrimina­tion should not be the lot of people,” said Dr Massey.

“At this time we are aware of the challenges that you face and these are discrimi­nation. In many cases its poverty, others it is violence and abuse.

“But in many cases there is a trend that you are sur­rounded by loved ones and care and this is the way it should be.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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