Hard work leads to better frail care

2016-11-22 06:00
Albert Fritz (right), provincial Minister of Social Development, with Martha Petersen, matron of the Kensington old age home.

Albert Fritz (right), provincial Minister of Social Development, with Martha Petersen, matron of the Kensington old age home.

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The new frailcare facility at the Kensington old age home received a thumbs up from Albert Fritz, provincial Minister of Social Development, when he conducted an oversight visit to the facility last week.

Fritz was joined on his visit by Dr Hassen Adams, chairperson of Grand Parade Investments and Sunvest Investments, who sponsored the renovations at the facility, which opened in June this year.

During his visit Fritz spoke to the residents about his condemnation of all forms of neglect and abuse of older persons.

“Some of the most common forms of abuse older persons endure is being targeted by criminals, or financial exploitation by relatives,” he said. “Sadly, the elderly are seen as soft targets, and are targeted because crooks know you can’t physically fight back.”

His department has set aside R198m to fight all forms of abuse of older people through the Older Persons Programme.

The department funds a dedicated network of 450 NGOs specialising in services to older persons.

Fritz also cautioned the residents to be vigilant when they accessed their pensions and social grants, and to report any abuse to the department.

“We congratulate this facility for hard work it has put in to drastically improve its administration and physical infrastructure.

“We continue to call on the NGO sector to improve and tighten up their administration, especially if they seek to attract funding and sponsorships from the private sector.

“If we are to do more with less, we must cut maladministration, inefficiency and corruption.

“I must also thank Dr Hassen Adams and GrandWest Casino CSI for their investment into the communities of the Western Cape.”

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