Ekurhu­leni caters for the el­derly

Vuk'uzenzele - - Locyaolugtohvfeorcnumsent - More Mat­shediso

SOUTH AFRICA pro­vides a range of sub­sidised ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions for the el­derly through lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The City of Ekurhu­leni has 25 ser­vice cen­tres in which the el­derly can find a home.

Vuk’uzen­zele vis­ited one of the cen­tres to find out how it op­er­ates and to speak to one of the res­i­dents.

Baby Min­naar (87) ar­rived at Rest-a-while Ser­vice Cen­tre for the aged about a year ago. The cen­tre is in Prim­rose, Ger­mis­ton.

She said what she loves most about stay­ing there is that it is quiet and of­fers her pri­vacy.

Min­naar added that most of her chil­dren were busy with their own lives and she per­son­ally loves to be alone.

“I am not lonely. I keep busy with house chores and other ac­tiv­i­ties. I am still very ac­tive. I cook for my­self also, un­less I am sick,” she said.

Rest-a-while has 24 units and all res­i­dents are fe­male. It has been op­er­at­ing for over 50 years.

Cen­tre man­ager Trudy Car­reira said the cen­tre is dif­fer­ent to a typ­i­cal old-age home be­cause res­i­dents look af­ter them­selves.

“We of­fer self-suf­fi­cient ac­com­mo­da­tion and thus do not have nurses and other pro­fes­sion­als on the premises,” she ex­plained.

Car­reira said if res­i­dents can no longer take care of them­selves their fam­i­lies will be con­tacted to make ar­range­ments or they li­aise with the Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment through the city so that the per­son can be trans­ferred to an oldage home with health-care fa­cil­i­ties.

The cen­tre has a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep res­i­dents busy through­out the week, but they are not com­pul­sory. Meals can be pur­chased for R20 each.

At most cen­tres owned by the city, res­i­dents pay a min­i­mal fee of R75.05 and stan­dard monthly levies rang­ing from R233 to R389. Elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion is billed sep­a­rately.

Baby Min­naar who re­sides at Rest-a-while Ser­vice Cen­tre for the aged.

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