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Research carried out by the WRVS states that over 250,000 older people in Britain spent Christmas alone in 2012. Various factors such as poor health, bereavement and family members being geographically spread all contribute to the problem of isolation.
A third of over-75s who live alone typically spend 12 hours a day by themselves with the feelings of loneliness intensified during the Festive Season. The Community Christmas mission is to ensure that no elderly person feels lonely at Christmas.
Elderly residents of The Glebe Sheltered Housing, which is at the top of Prentis Road in Streatham, SW16 face being evicted from their homes.
Lambeth Council is proposing to move the residents out of their homes in order to knock The Glebe down and redevelop it as an ‘Extra Care’ scheme ( http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/9FB23E00-1C73-4FAF-B735-CAB451284E06/0/Summary.pdf ).
This is something that the residents of the Glebe are unanimously opposed to.
Under the Council’s proposals the 60 residents - some of whom are terminally ill - would be split up and placed in accommodation outside Streatham. Many have lived there for over a decade. One has been there since it was built 34 years ago.
The residents say they are very happy with the standard of the accommodation. Many have invested their own time and money in the maintenance of The Glebe. They say what they value above everything else is the community there, where they look after and support one other. They highlight that it is a well run scheme which enables the residents to have independence and privacy. It is close to local shops, transport and other amenities such as doctors, dentists and chemists which are all very important to them.
Many also point out that moving them to alternative accommodation at their stage in life, particularly given many of their health concerns, would also have very serious consequences.
We are seeking help from Amber Valley residents and surrounding areas to support us in our campaign to start up a Shopmobility/Information Service for disabled/older people in the Alfreton area.
We are asking people to sign the epetition and comment below so that we can prove to potential funders that this service is needed. We
need as many signatures as we can get.
Many thanks in advance for supporting our campaign
Home Care in the province of Nova Scotia is not regulated, there needs to be in place some sort of regulation for the care of our elders.
There is no complaint process in place for any issues. There should be mandatory rules and regulations for Home Care workers, especially when they come into your home.
CCA certification is not enough, there needs to be more in place so that the elderly who are still at home, have their rights and their dignity protected.
National Media Press Releases 2011 and 2012
‘Male care worker in care home admits to RAPING Alzheimer's residents’
‘CARE assistant SACKED for feeding dog biscuits to a resident at BUPA run care home’
‘Care home workers filmed BEATING frail dementia resident’
‘Care home worker DRAGGED dementia resident along corridor like a rag doll’
‘Elderly Alzheimer’s resident being HIT in face, SHOVED into wall and THROWN on to bed’
‘Accused of SHOVING a patient's soiled sheet in his face before telling him 'when dogs do this, their owners rub their noses in it’ (November 2009)
‘89 year old LEFT on floor BLEEDING whilst care worker prayed’
You can read this small selection of press articles on abuse on our Facebook page Your Voice Matters.
We do not want to see headlines such as these and it is alarming when you think this is the tip of the iceberg, with many cases not even being reported.
The only way to prove abuse and bad practice is by visual evidence, and this has been proven time and time again with media exposures, especially with the Winterborne case and the more recent Panorama coverage.
Bedrooms and bathrooms provide a secret place for neglect and abuse to take place and often inflicted on residents who are unable to speak about what has happened to them. What is more degrading, being abused and neglected or being monitored under controlled filming?
The word of a relative or good care worker is often dismissed by care providers, Care Quality Commission, Social Services etc. with disastrous consequences. Relatives may end up being victimised or even banned. Care workers can be bullied or at worse lose their jobs.
CCTV is vital to back up allegations. Concerned relatives would be reassured and good care workers would feel less fearful of whistle blowing.
It is also paramount CCTV monitoring is managed by an independent body, not connected to the Government, Care Sector, NHS or care charity. Independent and Transparent are the key words.
Privacy and dignity may be questioned. Care workers are currently allowed to carry personal mobiles on their person whilst on duty. My fears were confirmed in a Daily Mail press release July 2012, where care workers used their personal mobile telephones to record abuse of a resident. There is also a press release of this happening in a BUPA care home in 2010. So nothing has changed, despite all the guidelines etc.
A resident already has two pairs of stranger’s eyes on them during personal care, what difference is one more? Cameras could be positioned to maintain as much dignity as possible. Surely this is better than being abused or neglected. I know which I would prefer.
It would cost approximately £300 for a family to install their own camera in their loved one's bedroom, this would be connected to their home computer and be password protected. We feel a family have a right to do this. There would be no arguments from the care sector with regards cost and monitoring.
If this petition helps to achieve compulsory CCTV in communal areas with the option for families to install their own for personal monitoring in private areas, then that is a start.
PLEASE HELP ..... our elderly and vulnerable need us to do this and don't forget one day the victim of abuse could be YOU or someone you love.
Shopmobility Sheffield has been in existance since 1997 and offers support to disabled, elderly and people with limited mobility to enable them to feel the freedom and independance that many others take for granted.
in the Spring of 2008, current Governor Peter Shumlin and former Lt. Governor Brian Dubie held a press conference stating that Vermont needs to investigate the heavy use of mind-altering psychiatric drugs prescribed to children; and
at that time, now Governor Shumlin said that the state needs to get active in stopping the sole reliance on antipsychotic medications for treatment of children and teenagers, just as law enforcement has cracked down on the use of these drugs for recreational use; and
the issue is bipartisan in that Governor Shumlin(D) and former Lt. Dubie(R) were political opponents yet still desired to fight together against the heavy psychiatric drugging of children; and
the use of psychiatric drugs on Vermont children is still alarmingly high; and
Vermont nursing homes are often putting the elderly on dangerous antipsychotics with warning labels on how they greatly reduce the life spans of dementia patients; and
nobody is ever put on psychiatric drugs without first being given a stigmatizing mental disorder label;
ARE YOU LIKE ME?
My name is Shaun Fallows and I’m a disabled volunteer in Wigan. Many times I have been struggling to get adapted taxis at certain times of day and night which has affected my social life as I have had to stop going out.
I would like to start a campaign to see a greater number of accessible vehicles in Wigan Borough. No donations needed but please support my online petition. Without everyone together it won’t change.
Beginning in July, a new Pharmacy Services Agreement will come into effect and loyalty programs will be allowed but only on the portion of the prescription paid for by the patient. Details as follows:
On July 7, 2010, the Province of BC concluded an agreement (the Pharmacy Services Agreement) with the BC Pharmacy Association and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores. This agreement sets out significant changes to the Pharmacy Participation Agreement that defines the Province’s relationship with pharmacies that submit claims to the PharmaCare program.
In recognition of these changes, the Province developed the PharmaCare Enrolment Agreement to replace existing Pharmacy Participation Agreements.
The Agreement disallows pharmacies from offering inducements to secure prescription orders, or in relation to the provision of a drug, medical supply, or service on the portion of the cost of that drug, supply or service paid for or reimbursed by the Province through PharmaCare.
The Agreement defines “inducement” as: “consideration including, but not limited to, cash, points, loyalty points, coupons, discounts, goods, rewards and similar schemes which can be redeemed for a gift or other benefit.”
Inducements to secure prescription orders were previously prohibited under the former Pharmacy Participation Agreement that defined the Province’s relationship with pharmacies that submit claims to the PharmaCare program. The Pharmacy Participation Agreement stated: “No goods or considerations beyond those approved in negotiations between the Government of British Columbia and the British Columbia Pharmacy Association shall be offered by any party to any other party as an inducement to secure prescription orders.” Notwithstanding this prohibition, pharmacies introduced various forms of inducement programs.
In response to correspondence and complaints from pharmacies and the public, the Minister of Health directed the Pharmaceutical Services Division to take action to ensure pharmacies abide by the terms set out in the Pharmacy Participation Agreement.
Under the terms of the Agreement, effective July 4, 2011, loyalty programs will be restricted to the portion of the prescription cost that is borne by the patient.
The Province’s interest is in the inequity that government funded benefits are being provided to patients and not being made available to other taxpayers, and more specifically the perception that this is occurring (i.e., government paying for a large proportion of a patient’s drug costs and the patient accumulating loyalty points as a result and receiving a free gift).
Facebook Group - We are all British Columbians - if the BC Government cannot help us let us help each other - please join to share your story http://www.facebook.com/groups/224146337610345?ap=1
The folks at Occupy Vancouver are working together creating a fair system of sharing the wealth. Please join us at The Vancouver Art Gallery.
We believe that the decision of the Sheffield NHS PCT to withdrawn funding from Birch Avenue and Woodland View homes is short sighted and cynical.
The closure will affect the lives of 100 residents with complex mental health issues, Alzheimers, dementia and livelihoods.
The proposed hospice facility is being challenged by a group of residents based on cultural belief, rather being based on whether we need to provide the care necessary for our elderly and all others living in palliative care.
A decision to build a wonderful caring hospice in any city in Canada should never be based on religion or culture. This hospice must be built for the people of Canada who need it.
Violence against the elderly is becoming more and more common. The current sentencing laws are failing and these scumbags are getting away with these horrific crimes with little or no jail time.
• Police are investigating another vicious attack on an elderly man who was bashed and robbed after going to the aid of a distressed woman in Carlton, Victoria.
• In the same weekend police described as violent, despicable and horrendous attack on a 91-year-old stroke victim in a bungled home burglary.
• Late November, a 72-year-old man was bashed in an unprovoked assault as he left a late-night Melbourne tram.
• Also in November a 78-year-old woman was rushed to Wollongong Hospital after being found lying on the ground in November after being robbed of her handbag and groceries.
• Police appealed to the public in October to help find a teenager suspected of bashing a 75-year-old woman in Cairns. The woman was approached from behind and struck to the ground.
• In September, a 78 year old grandfather of eight was bashed repeatedly and ended up on life support.
• Again in September, a 99 year old great grandmother spent a week in hospital after she was molested, robbed and fought off an attempted rape in her own home.
• In August a TAXI driver bashed and robbed an 81-year-old woman in Melbourne.
This is disgusting, cowardly behaviour and these individuals deserve to be dealt with by the courts in the harshest manner possible! These thugs need to be locked up!!
A BRISBANE bus driver has been jailed, but released immediately, for causing horrific injuries to a 79-year-old passenger he assaulted for coming up 60 cents short on his fare. Dennis Chow, 40, was sentenced to 12-months jail, to be served by way of intensive corrections order. The victim, Mr Plazino was rushed to hospital where he was treated for the skull and facial fractures, lacerations to his face, hand and leg and various bruises. Doesn't sound like justice I hear you say!
A couple in their 70s were terrorised in the early hours of the morning by Brodie Hutchin. Hutchin was charged with assault in November 2010. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment and fined a total of $1000. The poor man and woman will probably live in fear for the rest of their lives. How would you be feeling if this was your mum and dad?
In June 2010, Grant Brown 31 of Mornington pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to John Lane aged in his seventies. Brown was jailed for two years with a non-parole period of 18 months. Sound fair?
Its about time Julia Gillard and the Australian Government introduced tougher sentencing laws to help stop the assault of our elderly.
Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has announced plans to drastically change social care provision for vulnerable residents, particularly elderly and disabled people.
The planned changes include closing two thirds of all care homes in the county, making all service users pay up to £200 a week for care which has always been free at the point of delivery, changing the criteria for qualifying for care so that only those subjectively judged to have substantial or critical needs may access services, making those with stairlifts pay a further £122 a year for a 'warranty' and to remove the automatic top-up grants necessary to enable anyone who needs major home alterations to access district council funds.
DCC announced these changes before Central Government's Comprehensive Spending Review and despite the Council's wealth, as it has in excess of £85 Million in resources. Taking these two facts together, it seems clear that DCC's attack on these vital services is motivated more by elitist ideology and a desire for privitisation by the back door than it could be by necessity. DCC claims that "no decisions have been made yet", but their 'consultation' appears not to have been very widely advertised and ends at 5 p.m. on 5th November 2010, comments can be made via the online form at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/carechanges
The new Conservative and Lib Dem administration in Reading have announced plans to review the eligibility criteria for the care they provide to elderly and vulnerable people such as those with learning difficulties. Elsewhere in Berkshire where this has happened thousands of people have lost much needed services.
The Local Green Party believes that the cuts will affect thousands of Reading families who rely on these services to support them in living their day to day lives and it is essential that we fight to keep these services.
Recent local news articles on the proposed cuts can be found on line by following the links below.
If you or anyone you know are concerned about how these cuts might affect you, please have your say by signing the petition.
If you would like to get more involved in campaigning against these cuts then please get in touch with Rob White or Melanie Eastwood through the Reading Green party website.
15. Elsie's Law
Drugs used in the Liverpool Care Pathway have been under much speculation. Although an audit of Care of the Dying, by the Marie Curie and the Royal College of Physicians in 2009 found that nearly 4000 terminal patients found the framework to be of high quality, there is no doubt that some patients remain at risk.
There is room in current practice for elderly, vulnerable patients to be started on the LCP without their or their family’s consent; it is not good enough to assume that in all hospitals, hospices and care homes that conversations will take place and that patients and families will be kept informed.
The audit reveals that two thirds of the 3,893 patients whose deaths were assessed needed no continuous infusion of medication, and all by 4% only needed low doses of opiates. However, there have are cases where patients have been started on high doses of opiates and sedatives via infusion and died prematurely.
We shouldn’t have to fight for justice after death; the law should be there to protect us when we are alive.
Millions of people are affected by Social Care in the UK, whether as users, relatives of users, workers providing services or volunteering time and money to social care.
The cost of providing social care is more than £16 billion, much more than is spent on more prominent issues, such as immigration.
Yet social care is often given a low priority by Government policy and ignored by much of the national media.
This is in support of the fair treatment of Gene Alexander, his farm, his cows, and his property rights. Mr. Alexander is one of the last farmers of his kind remaining in the U.S. At the age of 92, Mr. Alexander has farmed his land for close to 70 years. He has been an active part of the farming community of Iredell County for decades.
Mr. Alexander’s property is not within the Mooresville City limits. However, the town of Mooresville (in Iredell County, North Carolina) is condemning the farmland to construct an obtrusive sewer line through the most prime area of Mr. Alexander’s farm. The construction of the sewer will come through with 20 raised manholes as high as 3-4 feet tall, which the town has refused to provide flush and vented to the creek bank (aka ground level manholes). Nor will they compensate for the interruption of farming during construction. The line will very much obstruct both the cows’ feeding and water supply.
The town promised 4 taps (to the sewer line) in negotiation, but then went straight into condemnation without any consideration of previous negotiation agreements. Further, the sewer line was already engineered before Mr. Alexander was even notified, thus ignoring the actual property owner’s requests. Requests were made that the sewer line be moved from the middle of the field. The town said this was possible all at Mr. Alexander’s sole expense which would be in excess of $73,000.
The costs to Mr. Alexander, his property, his cows and business prove astronomical and will permanently harm the aesthetics and beauty of his property and the environment of this land. Any requests for help in keeping this business intact during the two years of construction have been refused. This unfair treatment of Mr. Alexander and taking of his farmland provides no benefit for Mr. Alexander, but is only detrimental to his business, land and beloved animals.
We should not allow this unfair treatment and lack of consideration to be shown by our elected officials.
California's deficit is now 24 to 30 billion dollars. Major cuts are proposed which involve closing state parks and cutting services to the poor, the sick and the elderly.
A "no new taxes" ideology is sending California over the cliff.
Prevention and Intervention of Sexual Violence is needed in the following areas: global youth violence, child abuse and neglect, violence by intimate partners, abuse of the elderly, sexual violence, self-directed violence, and collective violence.
For more wisdom please see: http://www.nsvrc.org/_cms/fileUpload/global_perspectives.pdf
Marital and partnership rape are another category of sexual violence that goes unnoticed, and is often not recognized as being a problem in our global society. It is the most heinous of crimes because of a women's human rights having no presence in the bedroom. There is no equal opportunity in adult age pertaining to sexual violence. In underage children, violations are committed upon either gender, male or female. In adult age, the predominant survivor's of sexual violence are women.
Please view the following fact sheet on sexual violence: http://www.nsvrc.org/_cms/fileUpload/global_perspectives.pdf
With the history of sexual violence, it needs to be advocated that global communities become more aware of its presence in our homes, work, schools, families, religious institutions/organizations. This awareness is vital to the views of sexual violence. It is key to ending the regenerated cycle of sexual violence.
In any environment, we must be ready and in place to be able to deal with the issue when confronted by the issue of sexual violence. No longer can ignorance or denial be an excuse.
Sexual trafficking is a strong component of human trafficking and a violation of human right laws.
As well as authorities keeping evidence locked away, and a woman being swabbed without permission at the scene of a crime/assault. It is her choice. To view more of this problem (video): http://www.hrw.org/en/features/us-testing-justice and Full Text: http://www.hrw.org/en/node/81825/section/2
I am aggravated with this state’s policies/guidelines and laws regarding disabled people and I am not taking it anymore! I am a thirty-eight year old woman with Cerebral Palsy and confined to a wheelchair. I’m married to a wonderful man and I have my Associate Degree in micro computer science. I need care most of the time. I’m on Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA). I have a nurse aide for 5 hours a day and then my husband takes care of me at night and on weekends.
Last year, he went to get his Nurse Aide Certificate so he could get paid when he was taking care of me, it was not a lot, but it helped. We need all we can get because:
• I can’t receive Supplemental Security Income because my husband earns too much.
• Nobody will hire me because of my handicap and if I can find someone to hire me, I can’t work because of CAP/DA’s policy; if someone is on CAP/DA, they must be homebound.
Recently, Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA) said that my husband couldn’t get paid to take care of me because one of their policies states that a family member can’t get paid as their loved one’s CNA if they have another job.
In my opinion, CAP/DA and state of North Carolina need to change their policies/guidelines/laws. It is not right my husband went through the trouble to get his CNA and now he can’t get paid to be home with me. He can’t go out on “a guys’ night”, hunting, fishing or anything without me because I need someone to be with me to do everything physical for me. I can’t express it enough how I think CAP/DA’s policies are wrong. In my opinion, he should be getting something for taking care of me and for what he keeps on giving up to do that for me. Yes, we love each other very much, but we are a one income family and as many people know, it is very hard to live on one income. I would work if I was allowed to and someone would hire me or I wish I could receive SSI for my handicap; I think that Supplemental Security Income should be based on my income and assets, not on my husband’s.
I’m on the destination to change the policies and laws regarding disabled people whatever it takes.
I have seen elderly people almost back into other cars, drive too fast, drive too slow, change lanes without checking mirrors and drive onto the shoulder too many times. Some of them shouldn't be driving because they have health issues or they need glasses.
I want our nation's elderly people to drive safe, So I propose that once any person turns 65 they have to retake their driven portion of their exam every 2 years until they turn 75. Once a person turns 75 they have to take the driven portion of the test every year.
The elderly over 70 and the teenagers under 20 have the highest rate of accidents per mile. Let's make our roads safer!
We want Prime Minister Rudd to know that young Australians care about our elderly, and know they are doing it tough.
Please give them more money in their pension each week!
Elder abuse pertains to any type of harm inflicted on seniors by a person who occupies a position of trust.
Abuse can be channelled through physical, psychological, sexual, systemic or financial means. Research conducted by the United Way indicates that 4% to 10% of Ontario's seniors experience some type of abuse.
Additionally, 36% of nursing home staff had witnessed the physical abuse of an older adult and 81% had witnessed some form of psychological abuse.
These staggering statistics imply the urgent need to address and remedy the poor quality of care in nursing homes. All health care providers have a professional and social responsibility to protect and foster the wellbeing of older adults in institutions. There is absolutely no justification for such appalling behaviour in nursing homes.
As per the Nursing Homes Act, nursing homes in Ontario are required by law to mandatorily report elder abuse; however there is no way to regulate the concept mandatory reporting. Therefore, to combat the issue of elder abuse, a legislation requiring all nursing homes in Ontario to publicize an annual elder abuse audit through an ombudsman position should be introduced. The legislation should require nursing homes to allocate funding for mandatory annual auditing of elder abuse.
Major changes need to occur in the nursing homes’ environment, in order to stop the repetitive and continuous nature of abusive situations. These changes can be facilitated by the elder abuse audits, as the publicity of the abuse occurring in these institutions will provide the nursing homes with an incentive to improve conditions and eliminate abuse in totality.
The succession of the legislation will also ensure that the residents of Ontario can determine which homes is the best for their loved ones.
West Kingsdown has had a very popular bus service scrapped by the conservative party in 2002 leaving those elderly and disabled expected to pay out full fare on other means of transport, even though they have half fare passes and free passes.
Without the popular service the elderly and disabled are expected to travel a minimum of 6 miles for a pulbic service. The Conservatives are the problem here as they all use cars and they say everyone can walk 6 miles. They just sit on their backsides all day and do nothing
There are alot of drivers who decide that Medic Street is a good place to speed down, do fish tails, and act like idiots in their cars. I do believe this is because the street is wider than most in town.
I find this most desturbing. All three houses within this section of the street contain children (10 in total). There is also a skate park in the street which local children often attend. Also, the bowling club (also located within the street) cater for the elderly population who enjoy this sport.
There has already been a few minor accidents within this section of the street, where someone has been going silly in their car, and has plowed into a fence, or a table. It is only a matter of time, before someone plows into a child, or an elderly patron of the bowling club.
I suggest that speed humps be placed down this section of the road, to slow these cars down, and protect the safety of the children and the elderly patrons who regular this area of Medic Street.
May 23, 2006
Time to take care of our elderly citizens.
Stop taxing homesteads of the elderly. These neglected individuals have paid taxes all their lives.
We need to put a stop to these charges after a citizen reaches the age of 70 years old.
March 21, 2006
This petition is in support of letters of objection to the proposed building plans for further development of Nutten Stoven Residential Home for the Elderly at 81, Boston Road, holbeach. Application no. H09/0279/06.
Previous application of building plans H09/1610/04 were refused on the grounds of over development of the site.
We the residents of all the homes in Lime Grove no. 1-11 and the two homes either side of the entrance to Lime Grove at no. 3 and 5 Chestnut Avenue are opposed to the newly submitted plans.
This is Loreena Minaudo, and thanks to Rep Leon Drolet and Rep Fred Miller who made it possible for Bill 4258 to pass through the House. This was our second try, and my DNOM's friends, along with my brother Joe supported me in everyway. It happened on September 7th 2005.
Please digest these following questions. Did you ever consider how demoralizing it is to sign your own name with an X when you're disabled? And what if someone would come up to you and remark, "Anyone can write an X!" What would you say? Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I can't speak for the others, but in my own life, these questions are asked.
My name is Loreena Minaudo, and I have cerebral palsy - a birth defect. Through no fault of my own, my arms and hands don't have the motor control to write my name. It isn't because I'm not educated. In fact, in 1991 I did not only receive an Associate of Arts degree from Macomb Community College, but President Al Lorenzo published my first book called A Cry for Education. So, for someone to say," Anyone can sign an x," I feel like saying - Does the word STUPID appear on my forehead?
I am often ignored, talked down to, or smirked at by able-bodied men and women out in society. Unfortunately, due to my affliction, I find that the disabled and the elderly communities are the most targeted by not so honest people. Then, I have heard too many horror stories about Personal Aides, Con Artists, and family members who forge the X signature to get our money.
This is why I, as well as the rest of the physically challenged people who have arm and hands limitations, need something more than an (X) when signing our names. We would like to use a thumbprint or fingerprint for signing our names.
According to the Academic American Encyclopedia it says that fingerprinting is one of the earliest forms of scientific evidence to be recognized in the courts of law. An individual's ten fingerprints form an indelible, unchangeable signature, and fingerprint records can be used for identification, despite changes in an individual's appearance or age.
The Bill had voted unanimously. But in later months, HB 4258 was attached to the Garbage Bill, and they were both trashed down. But despite this, Colleen Manning pushed Rep Leon Drolet to reinstate the Bill again, which he did.
I was once a volunteer for Malakoff Library in Malakoff, Texas because they needed some help providing help to their customers. These are employers who are elderly and need to be at home with their grandchildren planning family time or something. They barely know what the internet is.
They have customers coming from differnt angles asking them how to do this and how to do that, and they usually ask me to help them because I know how to browse the internet and get things done. These elderly ladies really don't know what they are doing.
They have new computers and don't even know how to set them up the right way when children come and and a porn site pops up, they thinks it be the children looking at these sites. Then they bug you to death if you decide to switch computers to sign in on the sign in sheet.
They really don't do anything about this library because I'm up here almost everyday on the computer and I just watch and observe the innocent get treated unfairly. It is very important that we get some new and intelligent employees that know how to run this library without any embarrassment.
This Petition is being brought forward because of Anti-Social Behaviour of some elderly people living in "Old Folks" Flats in our community. Some of us have lived here for over 20 years with no problems. Last year, a new tenant was moved into the "flats" and since then there has been verbal abuse and pictures being taken of children playing outside their homes, threatening gestures with a cane, verbal abuse to anyone with a dog, and property damage to a vehicle.
Another tenant was moved in recently and same anti-social behaviour is taken place, including threatening a dog with an axe in the prescence of children. There is also a "nun" who routinely calls the "guards" (police)if she hears children playing outside.
Now the reason these flats were built within a community is so the elderly can feel like they are in a community with families, and they are not sent to nursing homes to feel instituionalized or forgotten. These people forget that if children are outside playing, then the likelihood of them being robbed (which has happened on more than one occassion when there were no children or a dog outside)is decreased.
It seems that these elderly people who have a problem with children, people and animals should be institutionalized because they are a threat to themselves as well as the community.