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September 2015 Newsletter

John Peattie House Newsletter
Hi All,
Our 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting has come and gone. It was wonderful to see so many people attending the meeting and staying for the “Sheep on the spit” afterwards. We welcomed Heather Roets as a Trustee and Lynne Snedden onto the Management Committee.
Our condolences go out to the family of Jean Gillespie who passed away after suffering a stroke.
Just a reminder to you that we are a beneficiary of the MySchool Fundraising project. Should you wish to participate please visit their website www.myschool.co.za and fill in the application form. This is an easy way for you, your family and friends to help raise much needed funds for the Home.
At the AGM one parent requested for us to provide a Wish List in the newsletter. What we are going to do is concentrate on one theme for the following month, so if you are able to help in any way we would really appreciate it. So for the month of October we are going to concentrate on our Indigenous Garden. For this we need: indigenous plants, wood chips and compost. If you can’t help with these items then a monetary donation towards the garden would be most appreciated. A special thanks to the Hibiscus Rotary Club who held a “Granny Walk” and raised money for the Home.
The Conquest had a service. Daisy was dewormed. The Occupational Therapist from the Edendale Outreach programme came at the beginning of the month and spent the day with the Residents. The Methodist Seminary Group dug up the ground in preparation for the Indigenous Garden. Mr & Mrs Robinson started planting trees and shrubs in the indigenous garden. Mrs Robinson also planted plants at the entrance to the Home and in the window boxes and donated a bird bath who has fondly been named “Giovanni”. A group of Wykeham Collegiate learners made cupcakes and brownies for the Residents tea. Pat Harry and a friend from the St John’s United Church attended the monthly Birthday party for Zanny. They bought a present for her and contributed to the eats at the party.
PMB Home Improvements have started to fix the rest of the damage caused by the hail storm on 6 February.
The monthly Birthday party was held for Alex M-B (32), Kristi (32), Luke (33), Piet (54), Chris (54), Zanny (39) and Ushen (27). Parklane Spar kindly donated the Birthday cake.
The monthly haircuts were done.
Dr Kirkby continues to do his weekly clinic at the Home. We had three residents admitted to hospital. One for an abdominal hernia repair, one for investigation as to why there was a dramatic weight loss and the other had excision of squamous cell carcinoma, punch biopsy and flap to top right hand side of nose.
One resident was seen by a neurologist and had a CT scan. She was later seen by a neuro surgeon to see if the cyst and fluid on the brain could be removed. He advised against the surgery. Another resident was seen by Dr Mashoba at Townhill Hospital for adjustment to medication. There has been a slight improvement with her behaviour.
Meryl is on leave and Mari is relieving for her. Lilian had 3 days leave.
Take Care
Anne & Karin
Toast at the AGM
50th Anniversary Celebration

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