Non-profit takes care of elderly

2017-09-06 06:02
At the new shared living facility in Athlone Park (front, from left) Leon Keyser, Tony Brown, and (back, from left) Johnny and Betty Kroon, Joanne Herbst (founder of The Elder’s Voice) and Magda McGregor.Photo: tania sandberg

At the new shared living facility in Athlone Park (front, from left) Leon Keyser, Tony Brown, and (back, from left) Johnny and Betty Kroon, Joanne Herbst (founder of The Elder’s Voice) and Magda McGregor.Photo: tania sandberg

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THERE is power in numbers, especially if the numbers are united in a cause.

This statement was proved when two unique women in the community put their heads together and asked the community to assist with a poorly run old-age home in our area.

It resulted in the home being closed by Social Development and police recently­ and the community rallying together to assist The Elder’s Voice to set up a new residence for the elderly.

Joanne Herbst is the founder of The Elder’s Voice.

Herbst got involved in the badly run old age home after her friend received reports of poor nutrition of the elderly.

Herbst and her friend put their heads together and started donating food and assisting where they could.

Countless reports to the authorities finally lead to the home being closed.

The Elder’s Voice then started a shared-living facility for pensioners in Athlone Park.

“The community rallied behind us and within 10 days we got a home set up.

“Everything you see in this house, every piece of bedding and furniture was donated to us by the community,” Herbst said.

One funder paid R26 000 for them to be able to open the home.

The residence is now home to eight pensioners, the idea is for the home to be self-sustainable.

Soon a tunnel and chicken coops will be set up in the roomy garden.

“The only thing pensioners might need assistance with is groceries. The community is invited to visit and deliver groceries to the premises in 50 Burne Road, Athlone Park.

“We want to keep the community involved and we are also putting an ‘Adopt a granny’ programme in place.

“We have put an elderly couple, Johnny and Betty, in charge of the home,” Herbst said.

The Elder’s Voice already has plans to open the next home in September or October and are on the lookout for premises.

“We are looking to rent the premises on a long-term or open lease, as we have done with the first home, preferably with the owner’s buy in into the contract,” Herbst said.

Joanne can be contacted on 079 028 6379 for further details.

 

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