Palms undergoing major upgrade; Govt engaging stakeholders to raise standards in elderly care homes

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Residents of the Palms Geriatric Institution are much more comfortable as a result of the completion of the refurbishing of a section of the building housing those elderly persons, and the complementing work being done to raise the standard of care offered at the home.

The Palms has eight wards that cater for over two hundred residents.

According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Institution is currently benefiting from major capital projects to enhance its infrastructure. Among those projects are the: The construction and operationalization of an infirmary, installation of lifts to help in the movement of seniors from the ground floor to their respective wards and the installation of solar panels which will serve to benefit a hot and cold water system for the residents along with the complete refurbishing of the wards housing the residents.

The institution is expected to be maintained in keeping with the Government’s Minimum Standard Regulations for Geriatric Facilities.

Meanwhile, in an effort to place more focus on maintenance of standards in elderly care homes, the Ministry of Social Protection and a team of stakeholders are drafting a guide to improve the quality of care provided to senior citizens.

During stakeholders meeting on elderly care held at Regency Hotel today, Deputy Director of Social Services, Abike Samuels explained that the establishment of the booklet aims to ensure those living in residential homes are provided well-rounded minimal healthcare which includes an exercise regimen, diets that are cost-effective and standard social care, DPI reported.

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