Elderly entertained

2016-12-20 06:01
Residents, staff and invited guests enjoyed a pre-Christmas lunch at the Beaconvale Frailcare Centre on Thursday.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Residents, staff and invited guests enjoyed a pre-Christmas lunch at the Beaconvale Frailcare Centre on Thursday. PHOTO: Samantha lee

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

With the end of 2016 approaching, more than 140 residents at the Beaconvale Frail Care Centre enjoyed their annual year-end Christmas last week.

The centre accommodates as many as 175 residents per day after the launch of their aftercare project, with 142 permanent residents.

The event hosted on Thursday last week was not only to celebrate their 21st anniversary, but also to interact with residents and thank donors who have supported and assisted throughout the year.

Raymond Mitchell, facility manager says: “As much as the donations are appreciated, we need our sponsors to be a friend to Beaconvale. We want them to have a relationship with the centre and come and interact with the residents. The sad truth is that 90% of residents are often forgotten by their own families and are left alone – even on Christmas day, a day that should be spent with their loved ones.”

Mitchell says the facility does not get enough support from the community.

“The community assumes that homes like these have sufficient money and resources to stay afloat, which is not the case. We need a cash injection. Transportation is a huge problem, as most residents need hospital care and other basic necessities like toiletries. Most of our members are incontinent, which is like having 90 babies who need constant attention.

“The community’s mind-set needs to change,” he adds.

Mitchell says residents only contribute their pensions, an insufficient amount that does not cover all their needs.

Residents are urged to get involved – not just by making donations, but also to support the elderly in ways that don’t involve money. Mitchell suggests showing compassion or joining in on their open days.

The centre’s aim is to create an environment where its members are happy, comfortable and to give them opportunities to enjoy whatever time they have left.

V For more information on what you can donate or how to volunteer call 021 376 1440.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

/Sport
 

SA stats: The role of pets in families

New survey shows impact animals have on SA families

 
 

Paws

The top 6 poisonous foods for your pet
Does your dog have separation anxiety?
Fascinating facts about dogs
Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.