Home celebrates 25 years of helping

2015-06-23 06:00
A cake specially made to celebrate Rosedon House’s quarter century.

A cake specially made to celebrate Rosedon House’s quarter century.

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Rosedon House, one of the centres of the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association, recently celebrated 25 years of helping those living with cerebral palsy (CP).

This centre in Lansdowne is a residential care facility which has become a home to 55 adults.

For the past 25 years the Rosedon home has been helping people with CP get on with their day-to-day lives.

CP is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. It is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance and posture.

Often the cause is unknown and most of the people who suffer from it are unable to live independently.

A good number of the Rosedon residents attend the nearby Village Work Centre. For those with higher levels of disability, there is an occupational group called Our Hope which is presented at the Rosedon premises. For this group, creative activities are an integral part of the daily programme.

Over the last 25 years people with CP have been cared for at Rosedon House and the staff believe that what has kept them going is everyone’s love, support and commitment to the centre and its residents.

Osman Shaboodien, chairperson of Rosedon House, believes the residents, staff and parents can be very proud, as Rosedon House has grown from strength to strength over the past 25 years.

“We have managed to run up to this day through the love, support and commitment of the residents and the staff members and a legacy that some of the people that have passed on left for the house. We are also committed to keeping the fire burning and brighter forever for those who truly need our help,” he says.

Shaboodien adds that Rosedon House is a special place.

“Whenever I walk into Rosedon House I get such a warm feeling and that feeling tells me that I am amongst family who are living well and happily together,” he says.

Estelle Eksteen, a resident who has been at Rosedon House for 25 years, says she can remember how strange it felt living there at first. But when the residents started to get to know one another it wasn’t so strange anymore.

“Twenty five years later this is home and we are all very happy there,” she says.

Two staff members, Dorothy Ely and Belinda September, have each received a long-service award for 25 years of service at Rosedon House.

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