BARP condemns abuse of elderly
The Barbados Association of Retired Persons has strongly condemned the abuse of 84-year-old Jasmine Hall, who was beaten by a caregiver at the Roseville Home For the Elderly, in a disturbing video making the rounds on social media.
In brief statement issued this morning, BARP president Ed Bushell said, “BARP categorically condemns in the possible strongest terms this apparent misbehavior and urge the authorities to take whatever action is now available to them to deal appropriately with this matter.”
While praising Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett and the leadership of the National Assistance Board for their swift response to the incident, Bushell called for the “speedy passage of appropriate legislation which would enable the relevant authorities the power to act in the best interest of the elderly.”
The video showed Hall being kicked, struck on the head and verbally abused by the caregiver identified as Arielle King.
Owner of the home, Pamela Hill has since fired King as well as a cook who had witnessed the incident.