Minister wants improvements in elderly care

Health Minister John Boyce has called for an improvement in services offered to the elderly by nursing home owners.

Addressing a seminar on the Care of the Elderly at the headquarters of Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) yesterday, Boyce warned that his ministry is strengthening its regulatory role to allow a wider reach by the Advisory and Inspection Committee.

He stated that while the ministry recognised the good work being done by many institutions in providing care to the elderly, there are still too many complaints with respect to lack of work ethic, poor nutrition, limited recreational activity and elderly abuse.

“I urge you today to again use the opportunity provided by these workshops to examine your administration processes and the clinical care offered to our senior citizens,” he said.

Minister of Health John Boyce
Health Minister John Boyce says there are too many complaints of elderly abuse

He told the audience he would like to see the provision of good nutrition; environmentally friendly living spaces; time and areas set aside daily for physical activity, as well as committed, caring and compassionate staff who look after the estimated 650 senior citizens living in government and privately-owned facilities.

Boyce noted that there were 32 registered nursing homes up to 2014, and the Ministry of Health would be paying attention to the unregistered facilities to ensure they improved their standard of care to patients.

The minister reminded proprietors that all nursing homes must comply with the regulations that require them to have a valid fire certificate, proof of liability, insurance to protect staff, relatives and patients, as well as proof of registration of professional staff.

He also pledged government’s continued support to the Alternative Care of the Elderly Programme, which provided accommodation for indigent elderly Barbadians in private nursing homes at an annual cost of $4.3 million.

Source: BGIS

3 Responses to Minister wants improvements in elderly care

  1. Dianne Barker
    Dianne Barker September 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Geriatric care is just as important as child abuse. These are members of our society that most times must depend on someone else for care. I remember there was a time that our elderly parents lived with us until they were called home to their eternal rest. Then there was another time family members were dumping them at the hospitals and leaving them. We have to remember that some of them may not have been perfect parents, but who is and we should make sure their waning years are comfortable.

  2. Ricardo Sharon
    Ricardo Sharon September 12, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Well said respect

  3. bobo September 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Minister Boyce,as a professional ,I quite agree with you, sometime this year i was in Barbados and i went along with a friend to visit her family in a nursing home in Ch Ch, what i saw between nursing aides and patient, not even a dog you will treat in such manner, i can still see the images.

    Only God knows when i will have the nerves to return to Barbados


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