A home away from home

2016-03-22 06:00
Photo: supplied APN staff nurse Lenda Mkhize and APN member Mrs Martinick.

Photo: supplied APN staff nurse Lenda Mkhize and APN member Mrs Martinick.

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ALTERSHIEM Port Natal (APN) Old Age Home in New Germany was founded in 1991 by two of the local Lutheran churches namely Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Durban and the New Germany Lutheran Congregation.

APN retirement homes offers a variety of options to discerning senior citizens contemplating a change in lifestyle, requiring the privacy and comfort of their own homes without the worry of safety and security. In a tranquil setting adjacent to the Lutheran Church in New Germany, the complex operates under the auspices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa.

APN Old Age administrator Gudrun van der Berg said the home consists of the Retirement Village which is for the active retiree and offers 14 one bedroom cottages and 28 two bedroom cottages. “These cottages are available on a life right basis for which there is a waiting list. Levies include a lunch time meal in the dining room, weekly garden services and short recovery stays in the Care Centre.

“The Baumann House is for the healthy aged and offers eight single rooms with private facilities. A communal lounge and kitchenette are also available in the house. All meals and laundry are included in the monthly rental. This also includes short recovery stays in the Care Centre. While the Care Centre is for the frail aged and Alzheimer patients and offers 29 beds, it provides 24 hour care and is supervised by two qualified Sisters, two staff Nurses and 16 care givers. All meals and laundry are included. All rooms are fitted with CCTV cameras.”

He said the environment of the home has beautiful gardens and offers 24 hour manned security guards at the gate, 24 hour perimeter patrol, Monitored Electric perimeter fencing, remote panic button 24 hour response, lock up parking garage, swimming pool, snooker room, kitchen, dining room, laundry, Sun lounge, general lounge, chapel, walkways around the premises and a German and English library.

For more information contact APN Retirement Home 031 705 4813/42 44 or email altersheimpn@telkomsa.net

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