20 making use of night shelters

Anzjani Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Twenty men and women are making use of the night shelters set up for elderly people who may not feel comfortable sleeping in their own homes at night, according to figures tabled in parliament yesterday evening.

In reply to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Ivan Bartolo, Family Minister Michael Falzon noted that at present, five night shelters were operational, in Żejtun, Fgura, Mellieħa, at the St Vincent de Paul Residence and in Għajnsielem.

The night shelters are open to men and women aged 60 and over, who live alone and lead an independent life, and who do not suffer from dementia, as the condition may create problems with other residents making use of the night shelters. They were established to ensure that those who can otherwise continue living in their own homes do not end up living in homes for the elderly simply because they feel unsafe at night.

The service is against payment of €2 a night, and at present, 20 people aged between 65 and 85 were making use of it.