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5 Jan 2016

Lukashenko presents downy shawls to women in Svitanak care home

MINSK DISTRICT, 5 January (BelTA) – President Alexander Lukashenko presented Belarusian downy shawls to the women living in the care home for war and labor veterans Svitanak in Minsk District, BelTA has learned.

As part of the visit to the care home the head of state inspected the living conditions of the veterans and talked to them. During the tea party the head of state listened to all the residents and asked about their concerns. The veterans said that all conditions for comfortable life and leisure have been created in the care home.

The elderly people thanked Alexander Lukashenko for care. The President said that there is no need to thank him because his is doing his job. The state will continue taking care of senior citizens in the future. The veterans also thanked the President for water melons which had been delivered to the care home from the garden on the territory of the President’s residence.

During the informal conversation the head of state asked the elderly people to share their opinion on various issues. As it turned out, the veterans were aware of all the events happening in the country and abroad, know about the political developments. They are watching TV in their free time and have different hobbies. At the end of the meetings the veterans and Alexander Lukashenko sang the famous Katyusha and other songs.

The care home Svitanak accommodates 92 residents, including 37 men and 55 women. Seventy-five residents are on bed rest. There are three wheelchair residents, 18 veterans of the Great Patriotic War and people suffering from the consequences of wars, 52 labor veterans in the care home. The average age of residents is 81 years. The oldest resident is 98, the youngest disabled person living in the care home is 58. Forty-seven of them are state-sponsored residents, 35 people are living in the care home on a fee-paying basis as they have able-bodied relatives.

The residents are living in single or double rooms. A barrier-free environment has been created in all the rooms.

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