Kensington seniors celebrate new centre

2016-06-21 11:44
Trying out one of the beds in the new Frail Care Centre at the Kensington Old Age Home are, from left, Sister Martha Petersen, Mervyn Naidoo (GrandWest), Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, Dr Hassen Adams and standing, Derek Fredericks (centre manager) left, and Father Charles Blows (board chairman).

Trying out one of the beds in the new Frail Care Centre at the Kensington Old Age Home are, from left, Sister Martha Petersen, Mervyn Naidoo (GrandWest), Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, Dr Hassen Adams and standing, Derek Fredericks (centre manager) left, and Father Charles Blows (board chairman). (Gary van Dyk)

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The Kensington Old Age Home is celebrating the launch of a new frail care centre at the facility.

Situated on the corner of 12th Avenue and Avro Road, the facility celebrations were in full swing when they welcomed Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and GrandWest’s social economic development department to celebrate the event.

Board member June Johnson explained that the home opened in 1971 and has always been a beacon of hope for seniors in the community.
“There were many challenges in those early years and they had to host weekly fund-raisers to keep it going. In the 80s the home was in a dire state through lack of funds and my father, Norman Isaacs, was asked to helped out.
“He observed the situation for a few weeks and then started work as the manager and he became passionate about making an improvement at the home,” she says.
He worked so diligently that under his care the facility became one of the best facilities for the aged in the Western Cape, Johnson insists.
“With sponsorships like we are getting today it continues to maintain those high standards.”

Project developments totaling R450 000, in collaboration with suppliers of GrandWest, include interior and exterior refurbishments, security, and staff training for the home which provides shelter, medical support and a nurturing, supportive environment for approximately 110 aged and infirm people from previously disadvantaged communities.

Many of the residents do not have any family and have limited means to support themselves.
“The elderly are sadly often among the most neglected and forgotten members of our society and much can be said about a community by the way in which it treats its elderly citizens,” says Heidi Edson, group social economic development manager for Sun International.
“Kensington Home for the Aged provides invaluable care and support to the elderly, many of whom have nowhere else to turn.”

Dr Hassen Adams, chairman of Grand Parade Investments and Sunvest Investments, grew up in the area and is proud to be giving back to his home town.
“I see many of my old friends here, I’ve never forgotten my roots,” he said in his keynote address.
“When it comes to projects like this I felt that it was incumbent of me to play a part in caring for our seniors and it is an honour for me to be part of making their senior years comfortable.
“These are our mentors who guided us to become successful and caring citizens, so we must care for them with passion and dedication.”

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