702 Truck of Love with SPAR - Udo Carelse visits Frederic Place Old Age Home

Frederic Place, 28 Riversdale Street, Coronationville, serves as a haven for the destitute and elderly.

It is supported and managed by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The Home endeavors to provide quality of life for the aged of limited or no means, so that they may enjoy a relaxed and peaceful environment during their later years.

The home is registered to cater for 80 people and is open to people of all races and backgrounds. In 1993, it became an independent non-profit organization (NPO) and in 2012 a frail care centre was established. Currently, there are 58 residents and 22 elderly in their frail care. Frederic is a place of safety to meet the basic and health care needs of elderly folk who are without adequate means or alternative support systems. There are rehabilitation services and physical therapy for disabled residents.

The home is run by a manager, who is assisted by one nursing sister, 4 staff nurses, 24 health care workers and 13 staff responsible for the housekeeping, cooking and general maintenance of the property. In addition, a social worker visits the home on a monthly basis to ensure the quality of levels of service. The home is also used by the Department of Health for geriatric training for student nurses and health care workers.

Listen to John Robbie speaking to Udo Carelse ahead of his visit...

The cost per person per month amounts to R6 500 and the organization only receives a subsidy of R3000 per person month. Very few families can contribute financially and even though some residents pay a percentage of their OLD Age grant towards their accommodation and medical care.

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