Elderly entertained

2016-12-20 06:01
Residents, staff and invited guests enjoyed a pre-Christmas lunch at the Beaconvale Frailcare Centre on Thursday.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Residents, staff and invited guests enjoyed a pre-Christmas lunch at the Beaconvale Frailcare Centre on Thursday. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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With the end of 2016 approaching, more than 140 residents at the Beaconvale Frail Care Centre enjoyed their annual year-end Christmas last week.

The centre accommodates as many as 175 residents per day after the launch of their aftercare project, with 142 permanent residents.

The event hosted on Thursday last week was not only to celebrate their 21st anniversary, but also to interact with residents and thank donors who have supported and assisted throughout the year.

Raymond Mitchell, facility manager says: “As much as the donations are appreciated, we need our sponsors to be a friend to Beaconvale. We want them to have a relationship with the centre and come and interact with the residents. The sad truth is that 90% of residents are often forgotten by their own families and are left alone – even on Christmas day, a day that should be spent with their loved ones.”

Mitchell says the facility does not get enough support from the community.

“The community assumes that homes like these have sufficient money and resources to stay afloat, which is not the case. We need a cash injection. Transportation is a huge problem, as most residents need hospital care and other basic necessities like toiletries. Most of our members are incontinent, which is like having 90 babies who need constant attention.

“The community’s mind-set needs to change,” he adds.

Mitchell says residents only contribute their pensions, an insufficient amount that does not cover all their needs.

Residents are urged to get involved – not just by making donations, but also to support the elderly in ways that don’t involve money. Mitchell suggests showing compassion or joining in on their open days.

The centre’s aim is to create an environment where its members are happy, comfortable and to give them opportunities to enjoy whatever time they have left.

V For more information on what you can donate or how to volunteer call 021 376 1440.

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