Redevelopment work has started on the Golden Age Home in West Bay.
On the grounds Wednesday morning, Government officials along with the staff from the Department of Children and Family services and guests formally launched the redevelopment project.
During the brief ceremony, Leader of the Opposition Mr. McKeeva Bush expressed his appreciation to Health Minister Anthony Eden and the many others who had worked to make the home possible.
Mr. Eden said, ‘The original Golden Age Home was started under the leadership of Mr. Bush and it is his foundation we are now building on for the greater wellbeing of the elderly in the districts.’
‘Once the expansion is complete the home will be a residential facility that will provide care and supervision for over 20 residents on a 24 hour basis. The new extension will also be constructed to with stand a hurricane so that residents won’t necessarily have to relocate in the case of a natural disaster,’ said Mr. Eden.
‘The clients will also benefit from a wide variety of structural educational sessions and recreational activities, including arts and crafts sessions and outdoor outings.
Mr. Eden said as he saw many senior citizens in the audience who contributed many years to families, society and the Cayman economy and for that he said thanks.
He also assured them his Ministry would do everything possible to provide the best treatment for them in their golden years. ‘You deserved nothing less,’ he said.
Mr Eden also informed those gathered that in addition to the West Bay home, plans were being made to build a counterpart home for the elderly in East End and North Side.
‘These initiatives are all part of an overall commitment to provide a high standard of care for our elderly,’ said Mr. Eden.
The Golden Age home in West Bay is one of three residential facilities providing care to indigent elderly persons through the Department of Children and Family Services.
The reconstruction will help to improve and expand the facility as well as the care provided for residents. The home’s 22 residents have been relocated for the reconstruction period.