The alleged shocking abuse an elderly woman has prompted a call for new legislation specific to the care of older persons.
Relatives of seventy year old Virginia Raveneau, whom they claim was being abused by her caretaker, have since removed her from the home in the South of the island where the alleged abuse was taking place.
The Executive Director of the National Council of and For Older Persons, Helen Charles, told the Times that the abuse of older people is quite widespread in Saint Lucia.
Charles disclosed that because of the situation, there was need for legislation specific to the care of senior citizens.
“It is needed because that is the only way that older persons and organizations like ours will be protected, because sometimes we can be sued for out interventions,” she told the Times.
Charles disclosed that because of the rampant abuse of older folk, her organization has undertaken a needs assessment of senior citizens in different communities.
She said the process has been completed in Dennery.
According to Charles the purpose of the exercise is to register older people, especially the ones who have been abused, so that the necessary interventions can be made.
The Executive Director of the National Council of and for Older Persons told the Times that she personally has volunteered to make random visits to twenty-five suspected abuse victims.
“As much as there is supervision, the random visits help,” Charles observed.
Nevertheless she asserted that it is the primary responsibility of the family of older persons to monitor the care of older persons.