85 Villiers Drive, Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 jph@gracenet.co.za 033 345 6710

March 2017 Newsletter

Hi All,

Thank you to the few parents who have indicated that they will be interested in attending a family braai on 27 April. If you are still interested, it is not too late to let us know if you would like to join us for a “bring & braai”? Please telephone either Anne or Lilian at the Home. The venue is still to be announced.


Unfortunately the Department of Health has cut the Home’s subsidy by 8%. This will have a negative impact on the Home but the Management Committee will endeavour to ensure that the Home will still provide the best of care for your child/sibling.

Our new switch board from Telkom has been installed.

The Quantum went in for its annual service as did the Conquest. The Conquest had to have a new fuel pump.

The cameras are currently being installed and hopefully by the end of the month Fire Alert would have started installing the smoke detectors. This is thanks to a very generous donation from the Estate Late M. Balcon.

The Occupational Therapist from Edendale Outreach Programme came and spent the morning with the Residents.

Sr Karin interviewed Ruhenden Naidoo (42) – M.R. behavioural problems. Currently no space available and the family were looking for immediate placement.


The Birthday party was held for the following Residents – Peter B. (71), Marc (30), Kelly (25),Peter D. (66) and Michael (56). Thank you to Parklane Superspar for donating the monthly birthday cake. Peter B’s family visited and treated the Residents to cake. Marc’s family donated money for the eats for the monthly party. Peter D. had cake with all the residents. Kelly went out with friends for ice cream on her birthday.

The Residents have been making the most of the hot weather by being in the pool although the water is starting to cool down now.

The six weekly haircuts were done.

Dr Kirkby came for his weekly clinic and saw residents for minor ailments and adjustments of medication.

Dr Kirkby referred one Resident to Dr Straughan – Specialist Surgeon at Hillcrest Hospital for repair to umbilical hernia which was done on 20 March. The operation went well and he was discharged the same day. He is recuperating at home.

Dr Bhikha saw one Resident at Medicross for extraction of a cracked back molar.

Mr Schiffler saw two Residents for foot and nail treatment.

The annual ‘flu vaccines were given to the residents who are allowed to have them.


Meryl went on annual leave and Natasha relieved her. Janet has started her annual leave so Natasha is on Night Duty relieving her. While she is on night duty, Natasha will provide the day Supervisors with a weekly programme of activities to do in the Workshop and outdoor activities.

Take Care

Anne & Karin


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