GOVERNMENT PRESENTS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTIAL HOMES

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Government today presented more than $60,000 to Residential Care Institutions to assist them with services for older persons.

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This follows a grant agreement signing of the??2015 National Council for Older Persons Grants worth $66,708 to four established institutes for senior citizens by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Poverty Alleviation.?

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While handing out the cheques, the Minister?for Social Welfare, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy??Akbar said?that?age is a crucial stage of human life cycle that?”we all?have to embrace.”

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?The traditional family support systems that we rely on are becoming increasingly strained because Fiji?s family size continues to decline with a high dependency on cash based economy,? Minister Akbar said.

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?The future might see an increase in the number of older persons being forced out of their homes and being cared for under state run residential homes for the elderly.?

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According to the World Health Organization (2011), Fiji?s population will increase by 11.3% over the next two decades, reaching 958,000 by 2030 and the population aged 60+ is projected to exceed the younger population around 2050.

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?The signing of the official grants today strengthens the government and stakeholder partnerships to formalize and elevate our service delivery platforms to serve our senior citizens,? Minister Akbar added.

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Suva Relief Trust and Pearce Home residential manager, Ruci Kava said this is the second time the home was assisted by government.

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?We are fortunate that government is being so generous with their assistance which has really boosted the development of the home and we have upgraded it to a higher?standard,? Mrs Kava said.

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?We have six people in the retirement home and this grant will boost the morale of the residents especially the care that we?give.?

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The Ba Senior Citizens received $15, 000 while Channel Home of Compassion, Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART) and Suva Relief Trust and Pearce Home received $17, 000 each.

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