New Gozo Day Centre launched caring for persons with dementia
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The first Day Centre for persons suffering with dementia has now started offering its service in Ghajnsielem, Gozo.
The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Justyne Caruana officially launched this Centre as part of the programme of services now being offered in Gozo.
Dr Caruana said that the Dar Padova Centre will serve as a suitable place for those who take care of family members and need assistance during certain times of the day due to circumstances of work etc.
She explained that the Centre will be able to welcome up to 10 people at a time, and transportation will be provided for them both in the morning and afternoon when it closes for the day.
Dar Padova was opened through an agreement between the Government and the Church, with extensive work having been undertaken to the building itself to ensure that it is Dementia Friendly.
“In fact, people with dementia who attend the Centre will be find themselves in a suitable and safe place,” Dr Caruana said.
During her visit, Dr Caruana also met with relatives of some of the people who will be attending the Centre.
She described this project as part of a series of projects that the Parliamentary Secretariat is implementing to strengthen and augment the services offered to the elderly on a national basis, “with a greater emphasis in Gozo with its increasingly older population, and in view of the National Strategy for Active Ageing adopted by this Government.”
Moreover, Dr Caruana said, “through this project it is continuing the Government’s theme of job creation in Gozo for Gozitans.”