Elderly day care runs out of room
The island’s second Government-run day care for the elderly has run out of room, a mere eight months after it opened its doors to senior citizens.
Chairman of the National Assistance Board Reverent David Durant Friday revealed that the Jorris Dunner Elderly Day Care Centre had been in such high demand that there was no more room to accommodate any more wards.
With the elderly population growing at a faster pace then any other age group – 20.4 per cent of the population is expected to be over the age of 60 by 2025 – Durant said Government would have to consider extending the new centre.
“Soon we will be looking at extending it so that we are able to accommodate double the amount we have presently. More elderly care centres are needed to cope with the aging population problem we have,” the NAB Chairman said at a luncheon organized by the centre for its first centenarian.
The refurbished centre at Golden Rock, The Pine, St Michael, which was built at a cost of $200,000, opened last December with six occupants.
It provides an opportunity for elderly folks to enjoy recreational activities and to communicate with other seniors.