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NAB officials remove elderly St John woman from home

Authorities of the National Assistance Board (NAB) stepped in this morning and removed 76-year-old Harriet Codrington from her Massiah Street, St John home .

Codrington, who is blind, was relocated to the Geriatric Hospital.

Back in May, the NAB had investigated reports that the elderly woman was being abused by her caretaker.

However, NAB chairman Senator Dr David Durant had concluded at the time that there was no real evidence of abuse, after the elderly woman was thoroughly examined by NAB registered nurse Esther Bend.


However, the NAB agreed to provide home care personnel to prepare meals and take care of Codrington.

Barbados TODAY understands NAB officials moved in today after repeated attempts by caregivers to enter the house were unsuccessful.

The authorities discovered a frail-looking Codrington alone at the house and a decision was taken to move her to the Government run elderly care facility on Beckles Road, St Michael.




25 Responses to NAB officials remove elderly St John woman from home

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince July 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Poor woman.

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince July 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Who has moved in get house ?????

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte July 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      If the property belongs to the lady, the officials sgould also move to protect her assets.

    • Angela Thompson Branch
      Angela Thompson Branch July 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      All material things ,glad something was done to assist her.

  3. Alex Alleyne July 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    This headline do not do justice to the article.

  4. yvette munroe July 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    why they didn’t try to contact family members before running the old woman off to the government run agency

    • Coralita July 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Did you read the article? Apparently not!!!!

      The authorities went to the old lady’s aid in May when reports were made that she was being abused. She was examined by a qualified nurse and was found to be ok. The authorities decided to send home help to assist the lady with meals and her daily baths but they were not allowed to enter the home. They have now decided to move in and taker her to a government care facility.

      Where in there do you see any family willing to help? The family member seems only to want the house but not take care of the old lady.

      Karma is a b***h. What that family member sow they are surely going to reap.

  5. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker July 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    The house should be sold, and the proceed pay for her Care.

  6. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude July 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Give the house to some one who deserves it.

  7. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore July 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I hope wunna dont let them f$%kers stay in it

  8. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar July 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I hope relatives are not allow to dwell in that house and her pension is stopped. That is a government house hence, that house should be given to charity

    • Linda Fenty
      Linda Fenty July 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      People seemed more concerned about what will happen to the house. Does it matter if a relative live there. Unless we know the full story of what went on there , we shouldn’t pass judgement.

  9. Lydia S StClair
    Lydia S StClair July 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thank the Lord the NAB is doing something….God bless

  10. Juju Reds
    Juju Reds July 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I hope for her sake that her situation will be better in the Geriatric hospital.

  11. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers July 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    After her niece was saying for awhile that her mother was abusing get great aunt ,u all now believe her.

  12. Linda Fenty
    Linda Fenty July 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    It took a long time for her to be sent someplace where she could be well taken care of. I hope she will be ok.

  13. Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin
    Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin July 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    So was it true all along?????????

  14. Julia Holder
    Julia Holder July 5, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Is this the same woman that they visited and said they found no evidence of abuse?????? Didn’t the neighbours warn them that her relatives cleaned up their act because they knew about the visit and probably threatened the woman? Tsk tsk

  15. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Well Done!

  16. Veejay July 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Wasn’t this the same person visited by Dr. David Durant a few months ago and, we were assured that there was no sign of abuse to Miss Codrington. Clearly he was duped by the niece when he visited. I am glad that she has been removed from that environment. I wonder what will become of her Pension Cheques? Will they be automatically stopped? Although she is now in a government facility she will still be needing toiletries like soap, toothpaste etc.

  17. fiona July 5, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    i really hope she would get better care there, as a blind woman myself i fear these institutions, because when you are blind its difficult to say who is treating you this way or that way, and you have to be careful when complaining since you can’t see you don’t know who will give you what you should not have or even worse, that vidio about how the elderly woman was mistreat at the private instution, really brought home alot to me as a disabled person, or i should say differently abled person. god be with you old girl, keep the faith.

  18. Tony Waterman July 6, 2016 at 1:47 am

    @yvette munroe!!!! You OBVIOUSLY did not follow this story in it’s entirety. and the NAB has now done, what they should have done on any of the previous times that they had visited that Residence.

    She is FRAIL,BLIND, and left alone for long periods of time, and now the Homecare workers have been locked out, should the NAB have waited till she was found Dead in the House, and then you would be asking “”WHY did they NOT do Somehting”

    TThey got it right on this Visit, the Story has a GOOD Ending.

  19. Menace II Babylon July 6, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Please secure the vulnerable person’s assets. Nothing brings out the carrion vultures more than a death or an unoccupied home.

    Well done to the NAB!!!

    Credit is due.


  20. Muriel July 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Coralita .. I guess people don’t care to understand what they read .. If the family members care maybe this would step would not need to take place .. Muriel


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