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James Bachiu: Children’s Duty To Take Care Of Parents

We must remember that our parents nurtured us how to walk, talk and become good productive citizens of this country. They did not leave you when you were young and vulnerable so it’s only right to care for them in their old age
11 Oct 2019 12:02
James Bachiu: Children’s Duty To Take Care Of Parents
James Bachiu celebrates Fiji Day at the Natabua, Lautoka Golden Age Home in Lautoka on October 10 , 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Children must understand that even though they sometimes have disagreements with parents, they must always honour and respect their seniors.

Lautoka Golden Age Home resident, James Bachiu, said this was only right since parents had fulfilled their role as caretakers in raising their children.

“We must remember that our parents nurtured us how to walk, talk and become good productive citizens of this country,” he said.

“They did not leave you when you were young and vulnerable so it’s only right to care for them in their old age.”

The 68-year-old resident said he joined the home in July after being homeless for eight weeks.

“I had a disagreement with my son who is a Policeman in Sigatoka and suddenly I found myself homeless,” Mr Bachiu said.

“I started sleeping in the Sigatoka Hospital corridors and the emergency reception area. When I could not stay anywhere else, I moved to the Lautoka Welfare office.

“A welfare officers interviewed me and then brought me here. Within the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been treated well by staff. It feels more like home.”

Mr Bachiu said he was recently diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia, even though he had been suffering from this for 20 years.

He commended the Lautoka Golden Age Home for the inclusive programmes they organised.

“We had a special programme last week for the International day for older persons and today we have Fiji Day celebration,” Mr Bachiu said.

“Staff are devoted in their job. They serve hot meals everyday, our clothes are clean and tidy plus we exercise every morning for half an hour.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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