Anxious over demolition plan

2018-02-13 06:00
Arcadia Place in Observatory.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Arcadia Place in Observatory.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Relatives of the residents at Arcadia Place in Observatory have been left anxious as plans to move the elderly residents due to planned property developments were announced at a meeting held on Thursday 1 February.

The home has 166 residents between the ages of 65 and 101.

According to Edmund Blumeris from Athlone, a relative of one of the residents, they were given short notice of the new arrangements and they were not consulted. He says management took the decision on their own, inconveniencing the residents and their ­families­.

“I only know of the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA) being the sole deciders on this matter. It is as if the old people just take it as it comes without knowing they have recourse. I am paying for my aunt so I can also raise an objection. This came as a surprise to us and we do not have alternative arrangements for our family members. People are afraid to talk because they do not know what will happen to their elders should they object to this.”

According to Blumeris, his 89-year-old aunt has been staying at the home for five years now. He says he pays R2700 a month for her.

The plans to demolish the 61-year-old Arcadia have been confirmed­.

Management says the decision to rebuild the facility was taken after thorough observation and determination that the building is no longer safe for the elderly people.

Ingrid Jacobs, head of sales and social work, says they have realised the building is worn beyond repair and that immediate action needs to be taken. “Arcadia Place was built in October 1957 and is beyond repair and poses both a health and safety hazard.”

Jacobs says they have plans to add three more storeys to the two the home currently has. “The new Arcadia will have four or five storeys to create more space for accommodation and relaxation for our residents.”

She says residents were informed in December 2017. She also confirms the meeting that was held with the residents and their families on Thursday 1 February. She says attendees were informed about relocating and assured that nothing would happen in 2018 and that, in an effort to ensure that none of their residents are disrupted, the home has halted all admissions to Arcadia, “ensuring that all our residents will be taken care of. CPOA assures placements of all the residents to secured accommodation within the organisation. The organisation has over 2000 units.”

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