Coastal towns need more old age homes

10 Mar 2016 10:50am
WALVIS BAY, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - There is a need to build more old age homes in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs Petrina Haingura says.
More than 200 elderly people are currently on waiting lists for such facilities at the coastal towns.
Haingura and eight other committee members were in the Erongo Region to asses the conditions of the elderly in old age homes.
Speaking to reporters at Walvis Bay on Wednesday, she said when they visited the old age homes here, they learned that some pensioners have been waiting to be accommodated for the past nine years.
“I think Government needs to build more homes for the elderly here. Imagine a person applying and waiting for all those years,” she said.
The committee visited the Lions Old Age Home and Welwitschia Park Phase 1 and 2 in Swakopmund, while in Walvis Bay they visited the Palm House and Kuisebmond Old Age homes.
Welwitschia is a government shelter for the elderly in the Erongo Region.
It accomodates 103 pensioners who pay N.dollars 68 per month for accommodation. They buy their own food.
Kuisebmond Old Age Home belongs to the Walvis Bay Municipality and is assisted by fishing companies such as Freddie Fish Processors, which built part of the home.
There are 28 pensioners contributing N.dollars 58 for accommodation.
The rest are privately owned homes where members pay between N. dollars 6 000 and N.dollars 8 000 a month.
At Palm House, there are 75 elderly people on the waiting list. Seventy people are waiting to be accommodated at Lions, while more than 70 others are on the waiting lists at Kuisebmond and Welwitschia.
Haingura said they are tasked to asses the living conditions of the elders for submission to the National Assembly to see if changes could be made to help them live better.
In addition to more homes, Haingura's preliminary observation of the situation is that money is still a problem and that more caretakers are needed.
The Parliamentarians were set to go to Henties Bay before leaving for Okahandja. They will then be proceeding to the //Kharas and Hardap regions next week.