More beds for the elderly and pet therapy now available in Gozo
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An agreement has been signed by the Ministry for Gozo for the purchase of 52 new beds at the Villa San Lawrenz.
Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana said that through this agreement the Ministry for Gozo is adding more available services for Gozitan seniors in Gozo.
Clients are also benefitting from pet therapy as one of the services provided by the Ministry for Gozo through the Animal Welfare Gozo section.
Animal Welfare Gozo explained that “pet therapy can provide various benefits including the gentle joy of being around a happy animal.”
Justyne Caruana, in a statement said, that as promised in the election manifesto, the Ministry is committed to offering 500 beds in residential homes for the elderly in Gozo.
She pointed out that the Ministry for Gozo has already concluded an agreement with Casa Amalia, a privately run home in Victoria which specialises in dementia, as well as the Xaghra night shelter, all of which assists the elderly to remain within the community.She added that one in three persons in Gozo are elderly, and with this in mind, Dr Caruana announced that the Ministry is preparing to open more homes for the elderly in order to provide these necessary services.
The Minister explained that amendments were made on the St Joseph Home for the Elderly project in Ghajnsielem so that the home meets recent standards, with the introduction of new facilities and ensuring that it is fully dementia friendly, including a provision of beds for a basic residential service, as well as respite care.
“To this end the Ministry has obtained new permits and currently the tender for operation is at the Department of Contracts to be published,” Dr Caruana said.
Justyne Caruana concluded by saying that that it is “very positive that private companies are investing in the elderly sector in Gozo, as this means not only investment and job creation but the provision of professional services to meet the growing needs.”
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri