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

May 2017 Newsletter

Hi All,

Well it is that time of the year again when Pietermaritzburg hosts a number of events. Art in the Park, Cars in the Park, Royal Agriculture Show to name just a few. At the beginning of June, the Comrades Marathon will take place as well.

We were saddened to hear about the passing of an old friend of John Peattie House. Shirley Peel from the Azalea Lioness Club. We would like to send out our condolences to the family. Donations to John Peattie House are being received in lieu of flowers.

Mr Baumann’s wife also sadly passed away recently. Mr Baumann’s family Trust has in the past donated substantially for new buildings to be erected.

Durban Round Table #2 have kindly agreed to donate a large sum of money so that the old sewer pipes can be replaced as well as an old, rusty fire escape. We are most grateful for this contribution as we would never be able to afford to do these major repairs. We await for the official handover of this cheque.

 HOME:

The Cooker overhead extractor fan was professionally cleaned. This has to be done every 6 months.

Swat Exterminators came on their quarterly visit to spray the Home against cockroaches.

Fire Alert are still busy installing the smoke detectors. They have also installed three extra fire extinguishers as required by the Fire Department. They also installed another fire hose close to the back of the property.

We are still experiencing water cuts but thankfully the JoJo tanks are working well so the Home is not really being inconvenienced by them.

Keegan Hornby’s Aunt and Uncle donated bedding to the Home from their Holiday resort.

 RESIDENTS:

The monthly Birthday party was held for Debbie (41) and Robin (42). Thank you to Parklane Superspar for donating the monthly birthday Cake. Thank you to Elwyn for providing pies, cake, cool drinks and ice cream for all the staff and residents. Robin celebrated his Birthday at home. Robin unfortunately will be leaving the Home for good at the end of May. Janet, his mother, has returned to England and Robin will be joining her. We will really miss them both.

Four Residents and a Care Giver went to TWC Market Day.

Eight Residents went for a drive and had ice cream.

One Resident’s family were asked to fetch their child due to non- payment of fees and an unacceptable amount of arrears. She was fetched on the 1 May. Unfortunately due to the extreme financial pressures put on the Home, the Committee are going to have to be very strict on outstanding fees.

One Resident was seen by a specialist cardiologist. She had an ECG and ultra sound of the heart. It was found that she has a hole in the heart and will need surgery.

Another Resident was referred to a Specialist surgeon as he is continuously bringing up his food and has lost over 2 kgs. He had a gastroscopy and barium meal at St Anne’s. We are awaiting results and further treatment.

Dr Kirkby came on his weekly Clinic visits and treated Residents who had minor ailments.

Three Residents had foot treatment with Mr Schiffler.

One Resident went for her yearly check-up with the Dermatologist.

An interview was held for a new Resident, Naquita Cordona (22). She is a Grade 3 and will be admitted on 1 June 2017. She will be joining the Sunrise Girls. Our ad hoc Social Worker, Bronwyn van Wyk, was present at the interview.

STAFF:

One of the Residents bit a Care Giver. She had a Tetravax at her local clinic.

Lilian and Natasha attended a meeting for Casual Day in Durban

Take Care

Anne & Karin

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