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Abandoned Loved Ones End Up At Senior Citizens Home

“People bring their relatives to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital or even to St Giles and leave them there, without leaving behind any contact.”
04 Oct 2019 12:40
Abandoned Loved Ones End Up At Senior Citizens Home
Residents of Golden Age Home and Father Law Home during social day as part of International Day of Older Persons on October 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

People are abandoning their loved ones in hospitals and as a result, they end up at the Golden Age Home.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s principal welfare officer senior citizens unit Dilitiana Baleinabuli said this was one of the reasons why there were younger people at the home in Samabula.

She said this was an issue the Ministry of Health was dealing with and they were contacted as a halfway home.

Yesterday, the Golden Age Home in Samabula played host to the residents of the Father Law Home from Lami.

Singing and dancing along with the food was the order of the day.

Ms Baleinibuli was the guest of honour.

A Father Law Home resident enjoys a dance during social day as part of International Day of Older Persons at the Golden Age Home on October 2, 2019.  Photo: Ronald Kumar

A Father Law Home resident enjoys a dance during social day as part of International Day of Older Persons at the Golden Age Home on October 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“This is an issue. Just because someone is disabled or old, does not mean you abandon them,” she said.

“People bring their relatives to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital or even to St Giles and leave them there, without leaving behind any contact.”

The Golden Age Home in Samabula has younger residents, some of whom are in their forties.

The capacity of the home in Samabula is 56 and 55 beds are occupied.

The Golden Age Home has also been working on ways to take people back to their homes.

Golden Age Home residents Maciu Baemalua (left),  and Jagdish Prasad on October 2, 2019.   Photos: Ronald Kumar

Golden Age Home residents Maciu Baemalua (left), and Jagdish Prasad on October 2, 2019.
Photos: Ronald Kumar

Three people have recently been returned to their homes, however, this has to be done on a case by case basis.

A gentleman who was not adapting to the lifestyle at the Home in Samabula was taken back to his home after weeks of talks with his family.

In a second case, an abandoned woman who was an amputee was discovered at the Samabula Home by her biological daughter when she came as a volunteer with a church group.

The elderly woman had been shunned by her second husband’s family.

Golden Age Home resident, Maciu Baemalua during Social Day as part of International Day of Older Persons on October 2, 2019.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Golden Age Home resident, Maciu Baemalua during Social Day as part of International Day of Older Persons on October 2, 2019.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The ministry facilitated this by providing the woman and her daughter a place in the Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART) homes.

In the third case, work was done with the elderly woman’s family so that they understand her needs.

Edited by Percy Kean

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