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The receipt and use of all articles (donated or bought) e.g. food items, clothing, medical supplies, bedding and furniture are logged to allow for the efficient and transparent operation of the facility.

“The aging population has increased with the advent of new technology and medical breakthroughs. In the 1950s life span was shorter and stay at the Infirmary was viewed as ‘the last state of a man’ where once admitted residents were expected to live, die and then be buried. This outlook has changed and life has become more meaningful and fulfilling for residents. In recent times life at the Infirmary has enjoyed a resurgence, conditions have improved at the facility making it comparable to any private home. The care of residents is viewed on a more holistic level as we strive to add more life to the years of our clients. The Clarendon Infirmary has relieved the suffering of many families in the parish. There have been several cases as well where residents have been brought to a level of wellness such that they were reintegrated in society and now lead normal lives. My personal vision for the Infirmary is that the residential care facility will be viewed as one of the best in the island and a place of choice where not only destitute persons are cared for but a home for members of the aging population that cannot be cared for at home.” -Mrs. Joyce Hamilton-Anderson Matron, Clarendon Infirmary (1988-present)

Residents & Admissions

Office at which time an application form for admission to the Infirmary is completed. 4. An admission order/ticket is then issued allowing for the removal of the client to the Clarendon Infirmary.

The Clarendon Infirmary cares for both male and female residents.

The Clarendon Infirmary

The following procedures are strictly followed when assessing and determining cases for admission to Infirmaries: 1. Persons have to apply in person or others on their behalf or must be referred by another social welfare agency to the Clarendon Parish Council’s Poor Relief department. 2. The person’s/client’s case has to be investigated and a medical examination done. 3. The client or his representative then submits the medical report to a Poor Relief

The Clarendon Infirmary has a recreational therapy program for residents. The Program, which is based in the Facility’s Activity Room, exposes residents to a range of handcraft activities such as sewing, crocheting and art and craft during the days. The program is opened to all residents regardless of their ability.

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The records are updated as the need arises to account for attrition due to reintegrati on with families, abscondment or death.

the minimum standard of care which residents are to receive at Infirmaries including: (1) The requisite sufficient quantity



(2) Clothes, bedding and bed clothes which are to be kept in good condition

The Clarendon Infirmary is a government-ran Residential Care Facility offering in-door care to destitute individuals who qualify for Poor Relief.

Only the parish’s Inspector of Poor can authorise admissions to the Clarendon Infirmary and it is the officer’s duty “to enquire into and ascertain the particular circumstances of each person receiving relief” (Section 20 (b), 1973 Poor Relief Act). Residential Care & Facilities The regulations outlined in the revised Management of Residential Facilities Act of 1886 sets out

The 1973 Poor Relief further provides for:


(4) The

Parish Council to pay the funeral expenses of residents who die while at the Infirmary. The Matron is the Infirmary’s Administrator and keeps a complete and accurate Register of residents inclusive of their names and date of admission.

The Clarendon Infirmary is a well-maintained facility. Physical deficiencies are treated as a matter of priority and are addressed in a timely manner.

The Facility provides 24-hour supervision and residents are inspected and accounted for daily via a Roll Call.

The Board of Supervision (for the relief of Poor in Jamaica) has oversight responsibility for the Infirmary. It supervises and monitors the quality of residential care and makes recommendations for improvement where necessary.

Staff Complement

Financing & Support

The Clarendon Infirmary employs an in-house doctor who sees residents once per week and is on call in case of medical emergencies.

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development finances the Facility’s operations through the Clarendon Parish Council.

The Residential Care Facility’s staff complement is completed by an Assistant Matron, ward assistants, nurse aides, laundresses, cooks, cleaners, porter, caretaker, an Activity Coordinator and accounting clerk.

The Infirmary also benefits greatly from the support of service groups, faith-based organisations, corporations and private individuals who contribute supplies as well as their time to the Facility.

(3) Referral for medical care when taken ill and medicines, diet and attendance as prescribed.

The care and protection of such individuals is the responsibility of all local authorities as the 1973 Poor Relief Act names “The Parish Council in each parish as managers of the poor”.


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Clarendon Infirmary Brochure  

This publication outlines the minimum standard of care which the indoor poor for whom the Clarendon Parish is responsible receives at its re...

Clarendon Infirmary Brochure  

This publication outlines the minimum standard of care which the indoor poor for whom the Clarendon Parish is responsible receives at its re...