Interest continues to grow within the private sector for homes for the elderly. Dar Pinto, with 148 beds, was inaugurated this morning as a result of a five million euro private investment.
Dar Pinto is another home for the elderly in the community through investment from the private sector. Managing Director Andrew Debattista Segond pointed out that the five-storey home has been set up through a five million euro investment, and includes medical equipment with the aim of providing services even to elderly persons with various conditions. Mr Debattista Segond added added that one of the wards will be dedicated for persons suffering from dementia.
Andrew Debattista Segond stated that “treatment will be provided for both medium and high dependency adults. We have arranged for equipment to be installed on every floor rather than just in one place, to facilitate the work of our staff and reduce running around to the least possible.”
The Managing Director said nearly 70 staff will be employed at Dar Pinto.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated during the inauguration that a home on these lines is important, as it is sited at the heart of the community. Dr Muscat added that Government will continue working hand in hand with the private sector to cover the needs of the elderly who cannot continue to live on their own. The Prime Minister added that this Government is improving quality of life for the elderly, and pointed out that Government investment for care of the elderly has gone up to nearly 800 million euro per year because of an increase in pensions, from which 92,000 elderly persons benefit.