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The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 191 beds in Church-run homes for the elderly. This will see the Government spending €12 million over three years. This partnership will also be offering respite services to the elderly.
Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing Anthony Agius Decelis stated this during a press conference. He said that this means that the Government will be purchasing 76% of the beds spread in 4 different Church-run homes.
The Archdiocese’s Administrative Secretary Michael Pace Ross said that the Church will continue to invest in the elderly, in human resources and in renovations. He explained that the agreement will mean that the Church can better the services being provided to the elderly.
He added that Casa Leone in St Julian’s is to add another level. Dar Saura in Rabat and Dar Sant Anna in Isla are to have extensive renovations and restructuring. Holy Family Home in Naxxar is to have a new home manager, and workers at these homes are to enjoy better conditions. This is thanks to the new agreement.
Mgr Charles Cordina, the Episcopal Vicar for Diaconia, said that the Church has always felt a duty to offer care to the elderly, especially those who could not afford to live in private homes. He added that the Church values the importance of giving a service and upholding the dignity of those who need it.