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

February 2017 Newsletter

Hi All,

We are well into 2017. How time flies? We have had some very hot days but also quite a lot of rain has fallen. Hope it has filled up the dams?

Thank you to some parents/guardians for notifying/checking that we have correct personal details.

Our new Relief Supervisor, Natasha, asks if any parents/guardians would be interested in joining their children for a bring & braai on the public holiday – 27 April at a venue to be announced? She just wants to check out some venues first, e.g. Queen Elizabeth Park or Cumberland. If you are interested, please contact the Home and put your name down and we will then contact you nearer the time with more details.


The Occupational Therapist from Edendale Outreach Programme came to the Home every 2nd Thursday and spent the morning with the Residents.

Telkom had to be called out to repair the telephone lines which were struck by lightning after some fierce storms. Our switchboard is very outdated and there are no more replacements. Early in March, they will be installing a new switchboard.

The Cordwalles school choir and band came to sing and play the violin & drums for the Residents. They really loved this and had fun participating and singing along.

Daisy went to the State vet for her annual rabies injection.

National Chicks continue to donate eggs every two weeks.


The monthly birthday party was held for Athena (48), Russell (40), Craig (44), Wiebeke (35), Paul (60), Karen Speight (66), Keegan Hornby (17), Jolene (38) and Wendy (58). Parklane Superspar kindly donated the monthly birthday cake. Athena, Keegan and Jolene had individual parties. Val Moore from the Westley Methodist Church visited Russell and gave him treats and some pocket money.

A company in Durban donated duvet inners and duvet covers but we had to collect them. So we decided to take some of the February birthday residents to the beach and have milkshakes at Wimpy while Lilian went to fetch the donations. This donation is thanks to Cheryl’s sister, Mandy.

We are still struggling with the outbreak of diarrhoea. This has been a particularly nasty strain. Should your child go down with it at home, we appeal to you not to bring your child back to JPH until it has fully cleared up. We have had 4 residents end up in hospital this last month due to dehydration, vomiting & diarrhoea and one Resident for UTI and pneumonia. We have implemented new controls and procedures to try and eliminate any cross contamination.

Due to the hot weather, the Residents have enjoyed lots of swimming. Natasha has done lots of activities with the Residents outside and in the Arts & Crafts Workshop.

Mr Schiffler saw two residents for foot and nail treatment.

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


Karin is back from her leave. She spent a lovely time in Germany visiting her mother.

Mari left at the end of January and Natasha has settled in well. Meryl has gone on leave and Natasha will be relieving her.

Take Care

Anne & Karin


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