May 2016 Newsletter
The month of May brings a hive of activity to Pietermaritzburg. The city hosts the “Art in the Park”, “Cars in the Park”, the World Champion para-cycling race, The Royal Show and Comrades Marathon.
We would like to thank Nicky Crowther who is holding a luncheon fundraiser on behalf of John Peattie House on 7 June 2016. This Fundraiser is specifically to raise funds for JoJo water tanks.
Our Trustee, Mr Jannie Nel, from Advice Works is available and willing to offer financial advice to all JPH parents and guardians. Please feel free to call him on the following numbers: 031 764 8503 or 08209011436, email: firstname.lastname@example.org should you require his services.
We would like to thank Sue Hurlston for donating jumble to the Home so that it can be sold to the staff. The proceeds collected paid for the Residents to have a braai. We appeal to you that if you have any jumble, to please donate to the Home so that the Residents can have more braais. They absolutely love having them and sitting outside is a real novelty for them.
The Home is experiencing numerous water cuts due to the severe drought in KZN. This has put huge pressure on the Home and staff to maintain its high standard of hygiene. Thank you to one of guardians who has donated funds so that we could purchase one JoJo tank and specialized pump. We are busy preparing a place to hold 3 JoJo tanks.
31 Club have very kindly offered to pay an electrician to install the generator. This will run the fridges, deep freezers and lights in the walkway. This month we were without electricity for over 32 hours due to a fault in the municipal cable. Gary temporarily used the generator to run the freezers and some lights around the Home.
The Methodist Seminary came on morning and helped weed the indigenous garden as well as interacted with the Residents. The OneLife Destiny team came and interacted with the Workshop Residents for a short while one morning. Alison and ladies held a Chapel Service.
Nicky Crowther donated 2 big tubs of honey for the Residents to have with their porridge.
The monthly Birthday party was held for Debbie (40), Robin (41) and Nthuthuko (17). Elwyn Schenk donated pies and ice cream for all the Residents and Staff. Robin had cake with the Workshop Residents and Nthuthuko’s family brought cake, cool drinks and chips for all the Residents. Parklane Superspar donated the monthly Birthday cake.
Six Residents with a Supervisor and Care Giver enjoyed attending TWC Market Day. They bought biscuits for all the Residents.
One Resident was referred to ENT specialist for further investigation and had sinuses cleaned under GA.
Dr Kirkby saw and treated some residents for various ailments at his weekly clinic.
One Resident had 2 teeth extracted under “conscious sedation” by Dr Bhikha at his rooms. The oral hygienist saw one Resident and had teeth cleaned.
Mr Schiffler saw one resident for nail treatment.
An Occupational Therapist from Shonaquipp in Cape Town fetched one of our Residents broken part of his specially made wheelchair as it had broken. This piece was assessed and it was established that the chair was incorrectly made for the Resident and a new one will be made for him.
At the request from Feedem Pitseng, daily meal attendance list needs to be filled in by 3pm and given to the kitchen for the next day. Two staff members are pregnant, one due shortly and the other due in November. One Care Giver is in hospital. Patricia Dlomo who had been on long unpaid sick leave sadly passed away. Beatrice Mchunu, who was due to retire at the end of the month, was asked by Deshnie to stay for another month as the Home will be short staffed.
Anne & Karin