Hazel Cadogan – the elderly woman at the centre of a feud with her son that went viral on social media – is now undergoing a health checkup, a senior Elder Affairs official disclosed today.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Neil Rowe, said Cadogan has been relocated from her Pine public housing home to an undisclosed medical care facility following his intervention.
Rowe gave Barbados TODAY an update on the 66-year-old Princess Royal Avenue resident who claimed that she was being abused by her son and his partner and forced to beg from her front door.
Rowe said the elderly woman is receiving quality medical care and he has seen a change in her behaviour.
“She is comfortable, and she is doing pretty good so far and right now she is going through an assessment and the doctors are looking after her at the present moment. Her behavior today was completely different to yesterday as she is more relaxed and she feels a lot better now because she is in a different environment, “ he told Barbados TODAY.
Rowe said an assessment revealed that she is suffering from poor circulation.
He said: “We are just trying to get her son to hand over the medication she has at home to the doctors so they can examine what she has been taking before.”
On her allegation reported yesterday by Barbados TODAY that she was being forced from her home, Rowe, MP for St Michael North West, said that due to the sensitivity of the matter it would have to be handled by “higher-level officials”. But he said they were proceeding with caution on whether she should return to home after her medical assessment is completed.
“It is a very sensitive matter and we do not want her to return to the home if she is actually being abused, we don’t want that. We will try to get to the Government on the situation to see how best we can resolve it so that she could return home and have a peace of mind and be comfortable.
“She is in good hands and the doctors that are looking and everything that needs to be done will be done. She does need assistance from various people, but the problem is she stated yesterday that there certain things that she cannot consume. In the case of that it is best for a dietician or nutritionist to decide what she is allowed to take.” Rowe said