Ail­ing, el­derly granny in dire need

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Tech­nol­ogy, had to take care of buy­ing gas bot­tles and ice as they had no elec­tric­ity, nei­ther is there phone ser­vice.

As for Jones, she said she suf­fers with di­a­betes, rheuma­toid arthri­tis, hy­per­ten­sion and cataracts, which had ob­scured most of her vi­sion. She said she hardly moves around any more and often sleeps ei­ther on the chair the team saw her in or on a nearby couch. The bed­rooms are used by her grand­chil­dren since the floor lead­ing to them had bro­ken away and she could no longer nav­i­gate it.

“I don’t feel good about this at all, but I can’t do no bet­ter,” she said.

Jones said she earned a pen­sion but was not on wel­fare. She said the NAB had vis­ited her once and said they would get the Wel­fare De­part­ment in­volved, but noth­ing seemed to have come of it.

The team con­tacted NAB chair­man Se­na­tor Dr David Du­rant about Jones’ plight. He said he was un­aware of her sit­u­a­tion but would go there and see for him­self. Af­ter do­ing so, he called back and said what he saw deeply af­fected him.

“That al­most brought me to tears. With her hav­ing those ail­ments, it is cruel for her to have to live that way. That house is in no con­di­tion for her to stay there and we are go­ing to make an in­ter­ven­tion to get her out – she should be more com­fort­able at her age and with her ail­ments,” he said.

Du­rant said the grand­chil­dren com­pli­cated mat­ters some­what, but they would find a place to ac­com­mo­date all of them. He also ap­pealed for help from cor­po­rate Bar­ba­dos with sourc­ing tem­po­rary lo­ca­tions for the el­derly in need.

“We really need help with tem­po­rary hous­ing for the el­derly. If there are places out there which are not be­ing used we would like it if the own­ers would do­nate them for tem­po­rary hous­ing in cases of emer­gen­cies un­til we can place the peo­ple per­ma­nently. There are too many el­derly peo­ple out there in need of res­cu­ing and Gov­ern­ment can’t do it all,” he said. car­losatwell@na­tion­news.com

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