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Cayman Islands Government

Boosting Elderly Care

Government officials at the West Bay Golden Age Home official opening. (L-R) Deputy Speaker and West Bay MLA, the Hon. Cline Glidden; Minister of Education, Training and Employment the Hon. Rolston Anglin; DCFS Director Deanna Look Loy; the Hon. Premier Mr. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP; Community Affairs, Gender and Housing Minister, the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE; West Bay MLA, Captain Eugene Ebanks, and Deputy Premier the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.

Care for the Islands' seniors was enhanced on Wednesday (24 November) with the official opening of the newly-refurbished and expanded West Bay Golden Age Home.

This 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 to officially open the home, Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, cited the need for Cayman to care for its elderly residents whom he described as "the living foundations of our identity."

Quoting from the Book of Exodus - "honour thy father and mother, so that thy days may be long," he added his own entreaty: "We owe it to our seniors to ensure that they have a good quality of life."

Mr. Bush also recalled that on behalf of the government of the day, he had acquired the property on which to establish the home back in 1995, underscoring the foresight of the decision, despite considerable opposition at the time.

He further thanked the charitable organizations that have 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, the Hon. Mike Adam, JP 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 recognize that shelter and other programmes to promote social wellbeing are key to fostering continued personal growth and ongoing development of our community and country," he stated.

He added that the home's modern setting will facilitate the seniors' 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 was 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 the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP; Health Minister the Hon. Mark Scotland; Education, Employment and Training Minister the Hon. Rolston Anglin, and MLAs Ellio Solomon, Dwayne Seymour and Captain Eugene Ebanks.

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