Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment

Community CentresGall Hill Community Centre

Gall Hill Care of the Elderly Programme Wraps Up

Over 80 Barbadians are now fully equipped to care for the elderly after successfully completing the Community Development Department’s, “ Care of the Elderly” programme at the Gall Hill Pavilion. The programme closed with a presentation and give-back ceremony where students presented several elderly persons with hampers.

Tutor Stacy-Ann Parris described it as a fitting gesture to end the programme, since the elderly have paved the way for the younger persons in our society. Free health checks for the elderly were also conducted at the closing ceremony.

For 12 weeks, starting in September, students were tutored in theory and practice, covering topics such as acute and chronic illnesses in the elderly, foundations of elderly care, dementia and alzheimers in elderly clients, palliative care for the elderly and elder abuse. On the practical side, the students were taught how to do bed baths, read vital signs, do cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and how to properly assess the elderly.

Minister of Youth, Sport and Community Empowerment, Hon. Charles Griffith, M.P. said government is committed to replicating these programmes across the island because “Barbados has an ageing population and there’s a need for properly trained persons  to take care of our elderly citizens.”

Minister Griffith also revealed that plans are on the cards to have an advanced course as well as another training programme for the Care for the Elderly in St John, since the initial one which was supposed to cater to 20 persons was over-subscribed encompassing 82 persons.