Engage seniors in activities at refurbished home, youths urged

Noriah receiving the mock key to the refurbished old folks home from a JKR representative while Fatimah (centre) looks on.

YOUTH groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are urged to organise activities for the elderly residents of Rumah Seri Kenangan (RSK) Sibu in Sarawak when the senior citizens move back to the refurbished premises.

“We don’t want this home to be a lonely place for the aged,” said Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

“We want it to be fun and filled with various activities that will promote their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

“We also want to see visitors who will bring joy to the residents,” she said at the handing over of keys for the refurbished home.

The Sarawak Women, Early Childhood and Community Well-being Development Minister said having such activities could contribute to the well-being of senior citizens at the home.

On renovations for the home located in KM22 Jalan Oya, she said phase one of the project had been completed at a cost of RM15.8mil.

RSK Sibu, built in 1981, was previously in a dilapidated state.

“This is an important occasion we have long been waiting for,” said Fatimah.

“It has been very challenging for us and the Welfare Department.

“I wish to thank the Public Works Department (JKR) for completing phase one of the project,” she said, adding that the 28 residents would be able to move in soon.

Phase one includes the construction of a new hall, living quarters and an administrative section.

“For phase two, which will cost RM36mil, we want to add more facilities like consultation rooms where doctors can visit on a voluntary basis, surau, chapel as well as physiotherapy and counselling rooms,” Fatimah said.

She added that once completed, the home would be able to accommodate up to 50 residents at a time.

Also present at the event were her deputy Mohammad Razi Sitam, Sarawak Welfare Department director Noriah Ahmad and Sibu Resident Wong Hee Sieng. — By ANDY CHUA

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