Cheering up seniors not duty of kids

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Editor: Health P.E.I. has issued a request for information from anyone interested in opening a private daycare centre at the Beach Grove Home in Charlottetown.

The administrator of long-term care for Queens Region thinks having children in the same area will somehow overcome the feelings of depression and loneliness felt by seniors in long-term care facilities.

The responsibility for cheering up seniors in homes should not be laid on the backs of daycare kids, but on the residents’ relatives and the staff at Beach Grove Home.

Supervised short visits by older school children could be a learning experience about aging and also a morale boost to residents, however using daycare kids on a long-term basis isn’t the answer for depressed seniors.

This is another example of how Health P.E.I. comes up with questionable ideas which will not improve the system and should be scrapped.

David Steeves,

Charlottetown

Organizations: Health P.E.I.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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