Monday, May 29, 2006 – The first in what will be a series of “Aged
Care Training Workshops” for care givers of older persons came to a
successful close over the weekend.
The National Community Foundation NCF initiative was a pilot project identified
after the organization held consultations with the various homes for the elderly
around the island.
As a result, a two week training workshop utilizing facilitators from the Sir
Arthur Lewis Community College Division of Health Services and Victoria Hospital
was conducted for caregivers from the northern region of the island, including
Dennery and Roseau.
Member of the Older Persons Committee Elvina Raveneau highlighted that persons
who give care to the elderly must themselves receive social support. She said as
of the commencement date of the training programme on May 15th, a fresh approach
to the vocation of caring for the elderly began to take root.
“ During this course, access to appropriate comprehensive information which will
enable the participants to provide the best possible care and at the same time
be able to have more control over their own lives and to maintain their own
health and wellbeing was made available to their participants.”
Meanwhile a participant of the workshop Angelina Augustin said the workshop was
a very beneficial exercise. “I have been taught that older persons have rights.
The older persons must be given the respect. They must be allowed to exercise
their rights. We must realize that some of our older persons in society are
still capable of making valuable contributions to society.”