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Golden Age Home residents to benefit from health and wellness centre

Wednesday, December 18, 2013    

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THE management of the Golden Age Home in Kingston is seeking to establish a health and wellness centre at its Vineyard Town premises, to boost treatment and care provided to the 453 persons residing at the institution.

"This health and wellness facility will be able to provide our residents with numerous services," said General Manager Laurette Adams-Thomas, as she addressed a Christmas fair held recently at the facility.

"We are looking at a medical arm of it where we will have emergency services and minor surgeries. We will be able to have special doctors in place, who will provide hands-on care to the residents, depending on the needs that they have at the time," she explained.

Other features include a medical laboratory, nutrition services for the aged, and a daycare facility.

"We have discovered that a number of persons do not necessarily want to be institutionalised. So we want to have a daycare facility where you can actually have your family members come at this facility, and you pick them up in the evenings," Adams-Thomas said.

Chairman of the Golden Age Home Fabian Brown announced that a learning programme will also be undertaken.

"We have a Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) programme that we are starting. We need some volunteers to teach Math, English, and whichever subject that you are comfortable with. Let us know your time, and we will work around your time. We have residents here who want

to advance themselves academically, and there are a number of ways in which you can participate in what we do," Brown said.

To help fund the projects, persons in Jamaica and overseas are actively involved in fund-raising events.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier welcomed the plans for the home's development, and pledged the ministry's support in realising the goals.

"We are lifting the Golden Age Home to a level so that it becomes a beacon of hope to many more across the Caribbean and the world,"

he stated.

-- JIS

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