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Senior citizens from the Bluefields area of Westmoreland have been presented with gift packages by the Bluefields People’s Community Association (BPCA), and given free specialised health care by staff and students of Bryan’s Nursing Academy in the parish, over the past few weeks.
The elderly persons were visited by members of the Association, particularly the ‘shut-in’ members of the community, and given the gift packages.
Some months before, senior citizens from Bluefields and adjoining communities in Eastern Westmoreland, were hosted by the BPCA, in collaboration with community business entities and individuals at a dinner.
The students and staff of Bryan’s Nursing Academy, located in Savanna-la-Mar, accompanied by members of BPCA, also visited the homes of the senior citizens, who were given free blood, sugar and heart checks. The seniors were also afforded personal grooming, and their care givers were provided with information on proper dieting for the seniors.
According to Senior Lecturer at Bryan’s Nursing Academy, Mrs. Ifa Whyte, the practical experiences would go a far way in making the student nurses more rounded in their ongoing developmental preparations.
“The institution, by creating this opportunity of the practical area of training, is using situations like these to collaborate with members of the community, while implementing practical training for the budding nurses,” Mrs. Whyte said.
Other plans of the Academy include an inventory of all seniors to facilitate quick and effective responses in emergencies, such as disasters; timely health check-ups, birthday clubs and sporting activities for the seniors.

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