Thursday, April 18, 2024

High praise for carers


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The nurses and attendants who work with the island’s seniors were praised yesterday for their level of care.
This praise came from chairman of the National Committee on Ageing Dame Maizie Barker-Welch who was speaking from King George V Memorial Park, St Philip where the committee’s scenic tour and picnic culminated.
Dame Maizie said watching the interactions throughout the day and the way they cared, for the workers it was a “labour of love”, especially with individuals who would have suffered strokes or other health complications which caused them to be laboured in their movements.
 Dame Maizie said the annual event was designed to give the seniors an opportunity to get out from the institutions. She said the scenic tour passed many notable spots including Oistins and the Grantley Adams International Airport said the seniors got to see a lot of what was taking place in the country.  
She added that the seniors were also engaged if they remembered and could identify the places they saw.
Activity coordinator Marva Alleyne said the 125 seniors came from district hospitals and senior citizens centres.
When they settled at the park to enjoy a meal and the company of each other they were treated to music from local entertainer Gerald “Seaman” Hunte, the Royal Barbados Police Force Band and actress Jennifer Walker.
Alleyne said the day’s activities were limited because most of the seniors are in some way limited in their movement. (LK)


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