City pensioners get home help

2015-06-23 06:00

Almost 6 000 old people have benefited from home-based help provided by the City in the first part of this year.

Because of its success, the programme will be renewed in the new financial year.

The City’s social development department established the programme to give basic care to older persons and people with disabilities in their homes, explains Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development.

“We recruited 125 home-based caregivers through the expanded public works programme to provide a range of services to our vulnerable residents. They received training and then did community profiling, meeting with various organisations that are active in their areas to introduce themselves and explain what their purpose would be,” she says. This included clinics, the police, old-age homes and organisations that help old people.

They then did a door-to-door investigation to identify older persons in need.

The primary responsibilities of home-based caregivers include community profiling and collection of data for areas, assessment of care needs, aid with reading, helping with mobility and walking, as well as providing conversation and listening.

Caregivers also help with the preparation of meals, provide a break for family members and other caregivers, do light housekeeping and see to personal care.

These services have been provided in Athlone, Atlantis, Beacon Valley, Bellville South, Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel, Gugulethu, Harare, Hanover Park, Lansdowne, Lentegeur, Manenberg, Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Philippi, Rocklands, Tafelsig and Valhalla Park.

“Our home-based caregivers have done us proud, offering direct care and services to 5 557 older persons from February to May alone,” Little says.

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