BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — The Government constantly monitors the quality of care and the infrastructure of the home and works to refurbish the facility are fast approaching, revealed Minister of Health the Hon. Marcella Liburd at the resent Out and About with the Prime Minister visits.
“At this current moment, the kitchen, the bathroom, especially on the male side, the roof are all in for repairs almost immediately,” Minster Liburd noted. “The materials to do those repairs are already on hand. So, it is something that we’ve been preparing for.”
She added that the facility will also be repainted.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Adrew Skerritt stated that the Ministry not only focuses on upgrading the facility but also focuses on the well being of the residents.
“Not only do we do physical repairs to the physical plant, we also repair the spirits of the residents here and we do so by commissioning fun days, beach picnics and movie nights,” Mr. Skerritt revealed.
The Minster commended the staff of the Cardin Home for their hard work as it is not easy to organise such events.
“There are 72 residents to be exact here; 31 males and 41 females. So it is a mammoth task to run this facility.”
The Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas also thanked the healthcare providers for their hard work and dedication and noted that irrespective of why the residents are there, they have to be cared for.
“They have to be cared for with dignity. We have to ensure their self respect and self-esteem are in fact maintained,” the Prime Minister sated. “We expect them to be treated not just as human beings but as persons who have a soul, who have needs, who have their own emotional
challenges from time to time and thus have to be responded to and cared for. It is with that background I want to thank you who are providing the care for them here.”
The Cardin Home is one of the Government owned healthcare facilities and has been in existence for 87 years.