New homes for elderly citizens

2017-11-29 06:02
Ripple Effect Bike Club brought the residents of the new Elder’s Voice home chocolate cheer for Christmas, Magriet Lombard receives a hug from young Lilly Pop.PHOTO: supplied

Ripple Effect Bike Club brought the residents of the new Elder’s Voice home chocolate cheer for Christmas, Magriet Lombard receives a hug from young Lilly Pop.PHOTO: supplied

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IMPROVING the lives of our senior citizens, local non-profit organisation, The Elder’s Voice recently established its third shared-living home for the elderly.

The organisation’s mission is to improve living conditions of senior citizens.

Founder Joanne Mocke Herbst has appealed to the community to assist her with donations to furnish the homes and the community has rallied alongside The Elder’s Voice.

“In doing so, we have changed the lives of 24 elderly people in this community. We envision many more shared-living homes in the future because we already have a long waiting list,” Herbst said.

Eureka Olivier of Operation Bobbi Bear has given Herbst mentorship and been influential in the growth and success of the homes.

Plans are now also in place to start a small and intimate semi-frail dorm for six elderly people.

“We aim to open the financially affordable unit by December,” Herbst said.

She added as a community project with the objective of sustainability, it is vital for the organisation to support the efforts of the elderly to self-sustain their shared-living homes. To this end, they are selling fudge and koeksisters made by some of the residents.

Herbst said the elderly welcome visitors and asks the community to visit the homes at 50 Burne Road and 53 Prince Road in Athlone Park and 59 Gus Brown Road, Warner Beach.

“The Elder’s Voice does not receive external funding and is totally reliant on the community’s support,” Herbst said.

She said they hope to bless the residents with an unforgettable Christmas, with the assistance of the community.

Monetary donations towards the opening of the frail-care home can be deposited into the following account- FNB, cheque account, branch code: 250655, account number: 62591728468

For further information contact Joanne on 079 028 6379 or follow The Elders Voice KZN Facebook page.

The Elder’s Voice will continually strive to fulfil its mission statement: “Let the elderly live with dignity, not only die with dignity.”

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