The work. The premises were inaugurated yesterday during an activity headed by the GM for CAEI, Rafael Vélez, and the Bishop for San Pedro de Macorís, Monsignor Francisco Ozoria.
A modern home for the elderly, with capacity for 30 residents, built and equipped according to the established standards for this type of centre, was built and delivered yesterday to the Catholic Church, by the Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales (CAEI), in benefit of the community of San José de los Llanos.
The centre, which currently hosts nine elders, features 30 begs, bathrooms with safety bars, ceiling fans, laundry area, stove, refrigerators, wheelchairs, in-house pharmacy, television, showers with hot and cold water, water tank, electric generator, an inverter and special medical care unit.
The facilities, built and equipped with an investment of RD$12m, were inaugurated yesterday during an activity headed by the GM for CAEI, Mr. Rafael Vélez, and the Bishop for the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís, Monsignor Francisco Ozoria. It features the attendance of other consortium executives, civil and municipal authorities, as well as community representatives.
The Santa Catalina Labouré Home for Elders, managed by the Parrish of San José de los Llanos, worked before within a small household where it lacked space and facilities to host the elderly whom required this service, which led to the construction of these new facilities by CAEI, the centre features a construction area of 600sq. mts. within a land extension of 1,600 square meters.
When pronouncing the main speech at the inaugural act and formal delivery of the centre, Vélez said that this sugar consortium is very thrilled to deliver a work of such significance, given that it is all about offering quality medical care with dignity and respect to those who need it,
Vélez said this space has been conceived and designed including all necessary facilities to attend on the zone elders with the best possible conditions.
“This home is equipped featuring 30 hospital beds, spacious bathrooms with safety bars, a medical apothecary, medication dispenser, kitchen area, dining area and laundry centre, focused on the needs of the aging populations being attended on with the best alimentary standards, as well as hygiene and safety”, he said.
The executive exhorted to take care of the premises, and pointed out, that it is a duty of each generation to pave the way for the coming generations and take care of the passing one. The inaugural ribbon was cut by the aging Hipólito Yan, whom lives at the Elders Home, accompanied by Monsignor Ozoria and Mr. Vélez.
The blessing was invoked by Monsignor Ozoria, whom reminded that this home began many years ago within a small church house, and where the lack of space, forced them to keep the elders lodging even in the garage.
Notwithstanding, he said that with the arrival of Father Victor Rodríguez to the community, the quest for improving those conditions began, which counted on the moral and material support of the CAEI consortium and the VICINI family, whom they thanked for their contributions to the community. On behalf of the community, the work was thanked by the mayor of San José de los Llanos, Robert Tavárez.
PRIEST GIVES THANKS FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS
Father Andrés Hernández, pastor of the San José de los Llanos Parrish, and who is in charge of the Elders Home, thanked the contribution made by the VICINI family for delivering this home, and exhorted other businessmen and community members to contribute with food, medication and other basic needs required by the aging residents. Also, he deplored the conditions of deterioration currently affecting the access roadway to San José de los Llanos, which has been undergoing reconstruction since years ago, and whose works are paralyzed. The deteriorated freeway complicates the access to reach the community.
He said that now the facilities exist, but food and medication is needed. He explained that they don’t receive a state subsidy, but they have foreseen formally applying to the Ministry of Public Health, and the Program of Essential Medication (Promese) for the delivery of medication, one of the main needs among the elders.
Also, the contribution on behalf of community representatives in food matters, medication and other necessary aid.
CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.
The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.
SOURCE: Listin Diario