Major revamp for old age home

2016-01-26 06:00
Father Charles Blowse, chairperson of the board of the Kensington Home for the Aged, shows some of the things that will be changed in the major revamp that the home is undertaking. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Father Charles Blowse, chairperson of the board of the Kensington Home for the Aged, shows some of the things that will be changed in the major revamp that the home is undertaking. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Kensington Home for the Aged is turning over a new leaf.

Its board says the perception that people have of the old age home is about to change and they are on the road to restoring pride in the home.

Through the help of Grand Parade Investments they plan to revamp the home. This will include cutting the grass to the unused driveway, which will be paved. This will allow easy entrance for ambulances.

Beds and a wheelchair that will be used in the sick room have been donated by the Claremont Rotary Club. These will be unpacked when everything is done.

There are also plans for a bigger and better sick room which will have 10 beds and a dedicated nurse, as well as a grieving room.

Father Charles Blowse, chairperson of the board, says they hope to be done with the upgrades by the end of this month.

“We are so excited, more so that our residents will have a neat place to stay in. It will look so beautiful, because all the old walls will come off and we will have new ones.

“We are really happy that this is being done. A lot of people are doing a good job in keeping us afloat and we are really thankful.”

He says the board is grateful to their sponsors. They are also glad that their water bill has been reduced.

Blowse adds that they want to change the perception people have of the home.

“A lot of things have happened, but we are working on it. We want people to trust the home again. We want them to really see things are changing and we are happy that a lot of things are falling into place. We want to do things in a dignified way.”

The home, which looks after 100 people, is still in need of donations like toiletries and vegetables.

It also needs volunteers to keep the elderly residents entertained as well as a physiotherapist.

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