Seniors need donations

2017-12-12 06:00
Residents of the Village Care Aged Centre with management.

Residents of the Village Care Aged Centre with management.

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The Village Care Aged Centre in Lavender Hill has become a beacon of hope for elderly residents who can’t look after themselves. The staff members are always helpful, not matter the challenges the home ­faces.

The centre has been running for decades and currently has 22 residents.

The facility manager says it is a daily struggle for them to make ends meet as they are not funded by the government.

Despite their challenges they are glad they can keep the elderly residents of the home happy and smiling.

Valencia Lottriet says the home gives hope to the elderly.

“Our doors have been open for a long time. Through it all we manage to feed our residents and look after them. It really pains me that some don’t even have families and this has become the only home they know. Our staff members are here all the time despite them not knowing whether they will get paid or not. However, that has not deterred them from helping the elderly who can’t do most of the things themselves,” she says.

Like at most old-age homes, Lottriet says, some residents don’t get visitors.

“We have to be there for them all the time and keep them smiling. At their age they can easily give up hope on life, but we want them to carry on. When we can we take them for walks and organise exercises. They play games and do knitting together just to keep busy,” she says.

The centre’s management is appealing for donations.

“We take each day as it comes and live by faith. We hope that people can help us to keep our senior citizens happy. If people could donate food, like pilchards and rice, and toiletries. We can also use volunteers who can just come and keep the elderly busy, maybe by playing games, helping them exercise or just a pamper session. It would really mean a lot to them,” says Lottriet.

Brian America, director of the centre, says they depend on donations.

“There is so much that we want to do but we can’t because we don’t have finances. We struggle with food a lot, but we are grateful that there has never been a day that the elderly have gone without food.

“Having people that can help us with that would go a long way. There is a huge need in our community and we can’t help everyone. Our wish is to have mainly food donations to feed our seniors,” he says.V For more information contact the Village Care Aged Centre on 074 060 3623 or 084 536 7052.

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