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3 aged care homes to be refurbished

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation aims to uplift the level of comfort and services provided in the three major age care homes in Fiji. The Samabula Senior Citizens Home in Suva, Golden Age Home in Lautoka and Babasiga Ashram in Labasa are expected to undergo major service upgrade in 2016. Minister Hon. […]

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January 4, 2016 10:12 am

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation aims to uplift the level of comfort and services provided in the three major age care homes in Fiji.

Minister Rosy Akbar on a recent visit to the Golden Age Home in Lautoka.  Photo: DEPTFO.
Minister Rosy Akbar on a recent visit to the Golden Age Home in Lautoka. Photo: DEPTFO.

The Samabula Senior Citizens Home in Suva, Golden Age Home in Lautoka and Babasiga Ashram in Labasa are expected to undergo major service upgrade in 2016.

Minister Hon. Rosy Akbar said work is in progress to refurbish the age care homes and provide the much needed equipment and recreational facilities:

Taking over of these age care homes will not be a challenge, rather it is a blessing to work for the welfare of the senior citizens. So come next year, we will have a full time social welfare officer based in each of these homes so that we can be continuously informed of the issues faced. We also plan to increase the level of comfort in these homes, particularly through trained care giving. We have developed a good partnership with the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation, through the president of the Foundation, Mr Ganesh Sen who is based in Melbourne.

The Foundation has assured its assistance in the refurbishment of these homes. Again, the plans are to uplift the level of comfort for the senior citizens by providing equipment they might need; some of them are on wheel chairs. We also have to ensure that the buildings are wheelchair accessible. The health of our senior citizens is of priority, thus the ministry will continue to work with the Ministry of Health in terms of the medical needs of the senior citizens.

And help that comes from the public will now be directed to our ministry. We will see what is best fitted and all in all, we are committed to ensuring that senior citizens age with dignity, care and respect which they deserve. We thank the Ministry of Health for looking after these homes for all these years and we also thank the public who have shown their generosity to the senior citizens in these homes

A budget of $901,500 has been allocated in the Social Welfare Ministry’s 2016 budget for operations of these three age care homes. An allocation of $200,000 has also been provided to the National Council of Older Persons (NCOP) that is responsible for promoting an inclusive and supportive society for the senior citizens in Fiji.

Currently, there are 44 residents at the Golden Age Home and Babasiga Ashram while Samabula Senior Citizens Home has 52 residents.

Matters concerning the welfare of senior citizens are treated with urgency and as such, the ministry will continue to increase its reach to the ageing population. Their contributions towards developing this nation will not go unrecognized

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