MOSCOW, October 1 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Vladimir Putin visited one of Moscow homes for elderly labour veterans on International Day of Older Persons on Monday. The president was talking to the elderly people living in the elderly home and representatives of the public organizations of the pensioners.
The 29th home for elderly labour veterans was commissioned in 1975 and is meant for permanent or temporary residence of elderly people and people with major disabilities. Some 127 elderly people at this elderly home are the participants and veterans of the Great Patriotic War, 228 people exceeded the age of 80 years and 44 people turned 90 years.
The president was first speaking with representatives of the council of veterans at the elderly home, asking them about their life at the elderly home. The pensioners said they have good cooperation with the directorate of the elderly home, praised the lodging conditions and presented their 20th collection of poetry and prose to Putin. The veterans, who reside at the elderly home, write some pieces of fiction, and the publication of such collections already turned in a good tradition.
Some 489 elderly people live at the elderly home. The modern equipment of the care for elderly people, including surgical beds, hoisting devices for sick elderly people, wheeling chairs, orthopaedic mats and other equipment are broadly used at the elderly home. The outpatient clinic at the elderly home has physiotherapy, massage and ophthalmology doctor’s offices and an exercise therapy centre.
The president remained satisfied with what he saw, saying, “To my mind, quite good conditions are provided.”
For his part, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the reporters before the visit of the president that an elderly home of “the middle Moscow level” was picked up for Putin’s visit.
Meanwhile, the gradual repairs and the improvement of the material and technical base continue at the elderly home. In 2011 over 45 million roubles were allocated to the elderly home for these purposes and about 44 million roubles in 2012.