Kensington Home appreciates special lunch

2015-12-08 06:00
Nurse Roseline Petersen dances with resident Christopher Napier at the Kensington Home for the Aged Christmas party. PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

Nurse Roseline Petersen dances with resident Christopher Napier at the Kensington Home for the Aged Christmas party. PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

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Residents of the Kensington Home for the Aged had a good time stepping on to the dance floor as they wound up the year and had a Christmas party.

The home for 87 residents saw a day full of activity as the residents did something different together.

Those able to stand up and dance stole the show. Most of the rest of the time, residents do very little, resulting in boredom.

At the end of the month residents look forward to a special lunch that is provided by community members. The locals come in once and again to entertain the residents.

Having the Christmas lunch was a special blessing. Residents said it made them feel loved.

Angela Jones, one of the residents, said they felt honoured.

“Most of the time we sit and do nothing. Having people around to entertain us and serve us a special lunch really warms up our hearts. Building up to the lunch and the Christmas party there was a lot of excitement.

“It’s so relaxing to have music and to dance with others. We don’t get to do this all the time. We are really grateful for the party and we can’t thank the organisers enough. They really made our day and they have put us in the Christmas mood as well,” she said.

Helen Major, a board member at the home, said at times the residents got very lonely.

“It’s a sad thing that when some of them were left here, no-one has ever come back to check up on them. When we were preparing for the Christmas party, I made an effort to contact each and every one of their family members, but no-one came. We wanted their families to share the day with them, so we had to go the extra mile and get extra food to accommodate them, but not even a single family member pitched.

“It’s so sad, because Christmas is the time to be with family and now the family that they know is us, people who work at the home. They really miss their families and those who are old really miss their grandchildren. We try our best to do whatever we can, but we won’t make up for the gap,” she said.

Major added that the special lunch was what the residents really looked forward to.

“We are glad that each month we bring them together and they eat something different. We are happy that at least we could put a smile on their faces and make them feel loved.”

The home is in dire need of toiletries for the residents.

“We try our best, but we struggle a lot with toiletries. We are asking for those who can help with nappies, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and towels to help us so that we can continue to help them as well,” she said.

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