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August 2015 Newsletter

John Peattie House

AUGUST 2015 Newsletter

Hi All,

Spring is in the air!! We have had gorgeous warm weather. We have had a few electrical storms in the evenings, but unfortunately no rain. Lesley Robinson spent the morning planting flowers in the beds and flower boxes at the entrance to the Home. She is going to organise an indigenous garden. If you would like to donate towards this project it would be most appreciative. The front wall has been painted giving a new look to the entrance.

We would like to wish Mrs Gillespie a speedy recovery after she suffered a stroke earlier on this month.

We would like to remind you that the Annual General Meeting is happening on Sunday,

20 September 2015 at 10h00.  A special 50th Anniversary luncheon has been organised and we would like to thank Feedem Pitseng, Parklane Superspar and Clarendon School for helping to contribute to this function. We would like to request that you let us know as soon as possible whether you would be attending and how many will be staying for lunch. In the interest of the future of the Home, the Executive and Management Committee encourage all parents to attend this meeting.


The Contractor will be coming to start repairs for the hail damage next month.

The Methodist Seminary Missionary Team came twice this month and weeded the vegetable garden and planted some more vegetables. They also interacted with the Residents. Our Residents have enjoyed spinach, carrots, cabbage and beetroot that have come out of our garden for meals.

The NCF Destiney Team came and interacted with a few Residents in the Workshop. Alison Myburgh and ladies came and held their monthly Chapel Service. Gary had to attend to many leaking toilets, water and sewerage pipes throughout the month. He converted the Rainbow suitcase room into a bedroom and time-out room for one of the Residents who enjoys to be isolated at times.


The monthly Birthday party was held for Thandeka (23), Simon (42) and Pieter Vermaak (26). Parklane Superspar kindly donated the monthly birthday cake as well as the vienna’s on a Friday evening.

Mr Schiffler saw four Residents for foot and nail treatment and a follow up for one Resident. Dr Balakrishnan saw 2 Residents this month. One for a follow up where he was very happy with the healing of a graft and the other Resident will have to have a procedure later on in September. The Townhill Psychiatrist saw one of our Residents a few times this month to help with behavioural problems. One Resident was taken to CB Wright for a fitting of a leg brace. After having a query T.I. A she has been referred to a neurologist in September. The dentist, Dr De Wet, saw one Resident who had a dental check- up under a light GA in the chair. Dr Maharaj saw one Resident for a full medical so that he can get the SASSA disability grant. One Resident had trauma to the face and was taken to hospital for Xrays and CAT scan to check for any damage. All was normal, just soft tissue damage which could have been caused by another Resident.  Dr Kirkby came to do his weekly Clinic and saw Residents for different ailments such as pneumonia, U.R.T infections, increased seizures, tooth abscesses, cellulitis and constipation.


Primrose Ntshele, who worked in the kitchen, passed away after being hospitalized with a stroke.

Janet Delport has been on leave 3 weeks, the Relief Supervisor, Mari has been relieving her on night duty.

Meryl van der Merwe was booked off sick for a week. Karin and Sheila have been relieving for her.

Please remember to let us know whether you will be attending the AGM on 20 September 2015 at 10h00.


Take Care

Anne & Karin


Workshop in the Home
Workshop in the Home

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