Verulam old-aged home opens new wards

2017-06-15 06:00
Director of the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre, Pravin Patak with the senior citizens at their new wards. Photo: andile sithole

Director of the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre, Pravin Patak with the senior citizens at their new wards. Photo: andile sithole

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OVERCROWDING at a local
old- aged home, the
Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre, will soon come to an end after additional wards were opened recently.

The new wards have an upper floor kitchen, nurses’ duty room, sluice room, bathrooms and director’s office.

Joy was written on the faces of the senior citizens at the centre after the Divine Life Society and Metro Group officially opened the new
facility on April 1.

Director of the centre Pravin Patak said: “We had a waiting list of 104 people and were fortunate to find generosity from sponsors.

“We want to thank the MEC for Social Development for subsidising each of the residents.

“This was fully functional on April 1.

“The senior citizens enjoy being here [new wards].

“The project took us about two years. We started the project with 20 beds in August last year, but with the generosity of sponsors we were able to take in more people.”

He said the new wards have 70 beds which the “newbies” are now using.

“It is with great sadness that we had the passing of Ishwar Mangroo (69), but the consolation was that he opened this project prior to his demise.

“We want to thank all the sponsors who contributed in making this project a success.”

Over the years the
centre experienced high volumes of people coming in, which caused a back- log and forced the centre to keep 104 senior citizens on its waiting list.

Patak added that there are still 34
people on their waiting list.

 

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