February 2016 Newsletter
We have had some extremely hot weather in Pietermaritzburg during February and very little rain.
We had a few thunderstorms and with that our switchboard was struck by lightning. Telkom was called out and the set was replaced. On another instance, there was a problem further down the road at one of the Telkom boxes, which was fixed the same day.
Both the Toyota Quantum and Conquest were taken for their services. The Quantum had to have the brake discs skimmed as well.
One of the residents broke a window in Stardust, which Gary replaced. Gary has fixed quite a few leaking taps, toilets and light fittings as during the month.
Daisy was taken for her annual rabies vaccination.
We received a donation of sandwiches and fruit from Mrs Singh’s (ex Midlands Nursing college) memorial service. Clarendon Primary donated rolls and potato salad and Wykeham Collegiate donated sandwiches. Mrs Wragg donated Easter eggs. The Azalea Lioness Club donated Fruit Cakes for the Residents to enjoy at tea. Imke Summers and the Brown’s donated clothing to the Home. A big thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to John Peattie.
The Occupational Therapist from Edendale Hospital Outreach Programme spent time with the Residents. Alison and two of the ladies held the monthly Chapel service. Bruce, a scholar from Grace College, did some community work. It is great to have him back.
The monthly birthday party was held for Athena (47), Russell (39), Craig (43), Wiebike (34), Paul (59), Karen S (65), Jolene (37) and Wendy (57). Parklane SuperSpar kindly donated the cake for the monthly party. The Hattingh’s organized cool drinks and ice cream for all the Residents. Athena, Wendy, Karen and Jolene had individual parties with their friends.
Dr Kirkby visited weekly, treating some of the residents for a few ailments as well as writing out new scripts for some of them. One of the Residents was seen by the dentist at Medicross. Two Residents went to Mr Schiffler for foot and nail treatment. Sister Kathy Timm from The Wykeham Collegiate took the 6monthly bloods from all the Residents.
One Resident was officially discharged from the Home on 1 February. She has been in Townhill Hospital and is waiting for a bed at Umgeni Hospital in Howick. Karin has done many interviews during the month of February and the two vacancies will be filled soon.
Janet went on leave for 5 nights, Mari relieved her. Wendy has taken leave for 2 weeks. Lilian was on a week’s leave.
Nancy Hlongwane has been temporarily employed while Patricia is still off sick. She is very pleasant and eager to assist wherever she can.
Anne & Karin