Barbados Today – 17/08/2011 digital edition, Page 46 & Page 47 highlighted the plight of a pensioner living in conditions that are either becoming more prevalent or drawn to the media’s attention more readily than in the past.
It is good to see a media organization allocating resources in aid of a senior citizen obviously in need.
However after the expose’ we are left with many unanswered questions, chief of which would be; How did all of that rubbish get into the house and yard?
The unfortunate pensioner appears to have no difficulty going into the yard to plant seeds or travelling to the hospital on his own. It is also reported that there is a willing and presumably able helper available to him.
Why was it so difficult then to bag the garbage and put it out for collection regularly?
Media houses should not encourage the; “I can keep my residence like a sty and the government has to send someone to clean it when I asked them to or I will call the newspapers to take pictures and highlight my plight and the way the authorities have neglected me” mentality.
In earlier times when poverty was more widespread, poor people still took pride in their surroundings and kept them clean and tidy. In those days health inspectors made regular visits to neighbourhoods and situation like these would not go unnoticed for long.
The issue of the large number of senior citizens living alone need addressing Even if they have not requested “home help”, a programme need implementing that would see them receiving monthly visits from health inspectors and community nurses attached to the polyclinics.
Senior citizens, without the wherewithal to hobnob with the fortunate in their social clubs and cliques, deserve to spend their golden years in comfort and dignity.