Adult Foster Care Homes
The Palms was established in 1874 under British colonial rule and was called “The Alms House”. In 1974, a century later, it was renamed “The Palms Elderly Care Facility” and is fully funded by the Guyana Government. The Facility provides efficient and adequate 24 hour nursing care for the elderly residents, as well as, free services to destitute Guyanese senior citizens.
It is the only such institution in the country that renders the following:
- Medical, nursing and custodial care to indigent senior citizens
- A hospitable physical, social and psychological environment for long term care of residents
- Dietary needs of the residents.
- Rehabilitative therapies for both residents and out-patients.
- Medical referral service for residents to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
- Removal and burial of deceased residents.
- Recreational and social activities for residents and
- In-house and other training opportunities for staff to ensure the institution has highly effective and dedicated geriatric care practitioners and other staff.
Criteria for admittance
The two main criteria for admission are:age and indigence
Entry of residents to the Home is determined after applications are investigated by a Social Worker and an assessment by the Administrator, the Ward Sister, the Medex and the Director of Social Services.
• The institution benefits from donations.
Social activities for residents
Residents who are lucid can communicate with each other, can read books, newspapers, listen to the radio or watch news and sports on television in the wards. Indoor games competitions such as dominoes and cards are also arranged by a Social Worker.
Who to contact?
Telephone Contact: 592 226-6924
The Venezuelan funded US$2M Centre was commissioned on August 10, 2013, with the focus to work, counsel and train the individuals housed there, towards empowering them to support themselves. It accommodates 180 homeless persons from across Guyana. The Centre ensure that the following are achieved:
- Rehabilitative care for residents by reducing dependency and maintaining a healthy environment of physical safety
- Reduction of vulnerability of persons living on the streets to illnesses, criminal activity (victims or perpetrators), prostitution, HIV/AIDS and other social ills.
- Residents are taught life skills, with the aim of making them self-sufficient in preparation for their reintegration to society.
- Counselling and training sessions in areas which include conflict resolution and substance abuse.
Who to contact?
Location: Mark Dover, Administrator
Telephone Contact: 592 669 5275/613 4626
The Night Shelter provides a nightly shelter and some degree of protection for the destitute, deportees, homeless and in some instances unstable persons who dwell on the streets and sleep on the pavements. At the Shelter, persons are offered baths, basic medical attention, meals and sleeping accommodation. Skills training, counselling and employment assistance are also provided to residents. The Shelter also refers incapacitated persons and those who have attained the required age, to the social security section of the department within the Ministry, so that they can benefit from either Public Assistance, or Old Age Pension Services. Residents who have attained the required age may also be referred to the Palms Geriatric Institution or the Hugo Chavez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration.
Who to contact?
Location: Arapiama Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown.
Telephone Contact: 592 231 7298, 223 6149, 231 8248
This hospital provides free medical attention, nursing care, food, shelter and transportation, to patients with Hansen’s disease. Support is also provided to pensioners who are paid at the hospital.
Who to contact?
Telephone Contact: 592 259 3290, 259 334; 259 3010
This institution caters for juveniles who are in conflict with the law. Since this institution was transferred to this Ministry, its focus has been reformed to allow for an increased rehabilitative programme of support, rather than punitive programme of support. The institution provides counselling and training in remedial, vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills for personal development and preparation for reintegration.
Who to contact?
Location: Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast.
Telephone Contact: 592 774 4433
The Probation and Social Services Department is responsible for the provision of services for the protection of the Guyanese society from crime and delinquency and the promotion of the welfare of members of the society, by providing social, financial and other material assistance. It also provides support psychosocial services to reduce social ills and improve social well-being.
The services provided are statutory and non-statutory.
Statutory services are those fixed by law, and are considered the corrective aspect of the Service. These functions are as follow:
- Preparation of Pre and Post Sentencing reports for the Courts upon request (Magistrate and High)
- Supervision of all persons placed on Probation and/or Community Service
- Provision of After Care to Juvenile Offenders committed to the New Opportunity Corps and individuals on Parole
- Preparation and submission of reports to the Parole Board for persons released on parole
- Provide counseling and support to juveniles at the Juvenile Holding Centre
- Process applications and distribute Senior Citizens Pension Booklets
- Process applications and distribute Public Assistance Booklets to beneficiaries
- Preparation and presentation of reports to the Poor Law Commission and Local Board of Guardians for applicants seeking Public Assistance.
- Providing intervention in all Kindred Social and Matrimonial matters
- Delivering support to the Courts in Domestic Dispute, Domestic Violence and other cases
- Offering voluntary Supervision to juveniles
- Providing social inquiry reports on individuals as requested by High Commissions International Social Service and other related agencies
- Coordinating and participating in community based programmes and services including PTA meetings
- Administering supervision for Social Work Practicum for the University of Guyana, Institute of Distant and Continuing Education and other training institutions.
- The Department operates as an OPEN DOOR POLICY
- You may visit the Ministry’s Headquarters and obtain information
- If you are from the rural area, contact the office nearest to you or you may call the Head Office where you may be referred to the office closest to your location
- The Probation Department may also refer you to the Agency which is most competent to serve your specific needs
Location: Lot 1, Water and Cornhill Streets, Stabroek, Georgetown.
Telephone Contact: 592 225 6202; 231-6556; 223 6027; 225 6212; 227 4410; 231 1746