For people who cannot trust the care of their old parents above 60 in the hands of house-helps and distant relatives, the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, will soon unveil the Kessington Adebutu Rehabilitation Centre, to serve as an old people’s home.
Located within the geriatric department of the tertiary institution, the centre, which is nearing its completion, will be equipped with all the necessary facilities that will make them feel at home. There will also be dieticians that will offer them the right meals. The rooms are self-contained with convenient bathrooms made with sitting areas when they feel like sitting to take their bath.
Other facilities are relaxation spots within the facility where they can hang out and socialize, play table games, and in the case of those that have lost their partners begin a new romance.
Making this known while recounting the gains of UCH at 60 years, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Temitope Alonge, at a media briefing said the centre will be an addition to its geriatric centre, which operates day care services for the treatment of various aging-related diseases.
“We already have the first purpose-built training and treatment centre for geriatric medicine in Africa named after elder statesman, Chief Tony Anenih, who built and funds it. Many old people who used to seek treatment abroad for such conditions have pitched tent with the centre after receiving satisfactory treatment. Our intervention will help increase life expectancy in the country,” he said.