Ailing, elderly granny in dire need
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org