Dominican Republic´s oldest nursing home on the brink
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic´s biggest nursing and one of its oldest has over 500 applicants waiting to be accepted but the government´s meager RD$265,000 monthly allocation which is the nursing home´s only fixed income is barely enough to pay 114 of its 164 workers and partially cover other expenses.
Relatives of the aged in the San Francisco de Asis nursing home warn of its dire condition, which prompted reporters of news outlet acento.com.do to visit and verify their complaints.
“The elderly who come here have nothing and rely on nothing … no one wants them anywhere,” said the nun Maria Romero, director of the home, which despite scant resources houses about 300 seniors from across the country.
Romero said the Catholic Order “Sisters of the elderly homeless” is in charge of the center which counts on 10 volunteers from around the world. “We´re able to accommodate 300 patients and we have them. But every day we receive dozens of requests and there are people who bring their relatives, leave them in the yard and run away … the leave, they don’t want nothing to do about their elderly.”
The prelate, who´s been working in the home for 26 years warned that without a higher allocation its impossible to ´help the people who want grow old and die with dignity. “Right now we need wheelchairs, medicines, food and disposable adult diapers.”
August 6, 2015
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