Facility offers residential, day care
Care for the Islands’ seniors was enhanced recently with the official opening of the refurbished and expanded West Bay Golden Age Home.
The 20-bed facility offers residential care and daytime programmes to seniors as well as to mentally and physically challenged adults. The building, which has been reconstructed to hurricane standards, now boasts its own generator and storm shutters.
Cutting the ribbon on the home’s official opening on 24 November, Premier McKeeva Bush cited the need for Cayman to care for its elderly residents. He described them as “the living foundations of our identity.”
“We owe it to out seniors that they have a good quality of life,” said Mr. Bush. He said on behalf of the government of the day, he had acquired the property on which to build the home in 1995, underscoring the foresight of the decision, despite considerable criticism at the time.
The Premier thanked the charitable organisations that contributed to the home over the years and lauded the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as the home’s staff for their dedication.
Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing Mike Adam also voiced his appreciation, noting that the facility will enhance the quality of care offered to the country’s seniors.
“This home signals our commitment in this respect. We recognise that shelter and other programmes to promote social well-being are key to fostering continued personal growth and ongoing development of our community and country,” said Mr. Adam.
He added that the home’s modern setting would facilitate the senior’s socialisation and interaction, as well as assist delivery of the physical services that stimulate their minds and keep them active.
In turn, DCFS Director Deanna Look Loy also expressed pride in the facility, noting that its establishment is a real asset to Cayman. She said she was pleased by the service quality and the level of care that the home can now offer to its seniors and other users.
Also present at the opening were Deputy Premier Juliana O’ Connor-Connolly, Health Minister Mark Scotland, Education Minister Rolston Anglin and MLAs Ellio Solomon, Dwayne Seymour and Captain Eugene Ebanks.