For the past week I heard on the news that many elderly persons were left at the hospital by their relatives who have not returned for them. I was quite appalled that anyone would have the heart to do such a thing even though this is not new to the hospital.
These elderly persons are the ones who helped shape Barbados to what it is today with their blood, sweat and tears. Many of us have to thank them for the roof that is above our heads. So tell me why anyone would neglect them at their ripe old age?
They are so many senior citizen homes and persons who can be hired to care for the elderly while the family members are at work, so there is no excuse why any elderly person should be abandoned at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I believe this subject has cut close to my heart because I was raised by my great grandmother, who lived to the ripe old age of 94. Never would she have had any fear of being abandoned anywhere.
I owe her so much as she has shaped the individual I am today. She taught me the ways of the world. She was my shoulder to cry on when I needed it. Never would I have abandoned her when I found out that she was dying of cancer, which affected her liver. She meant so much to me and to this day I miss her terribly.
I would honestly support any legislation that is passed to bring to justice anyone who abandons the elderly. I believe that just announcing the hospital’s plight of lack of beds due to abandonment in the media is not enough. The hospital needs to bring to light the names of those families who have done such terrible acts.
In writing this column I am still in totally shock that anyone could be so heartless. I can only imagine what those elderly persons are going through laying in a hard bed, in a strange environment and not being able to go home. I believe that sometimes if many of us would put ourselves in the shoes of others we would not do some of the things we do. I sincerely doubt that anyone of us would like our children to abandon us when we become old.
Many may say that taking care of the elderly can be a difficult task but that is not an excuse for abandonment. Nothing in life comes easy and all of us can attest to that.
In closing, I will reiterate that anyone who abandons the elderly should be brought to justice. We need new legislation that will desist persons form committing acts like these. These elderly persons have done to much for this island of Barbados to be treated in such a terrible way. Do unto others as you will have them do unto you. Have a wonderful week ahead!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
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