Helderberg Society for the Aged

121 Lourensford Road, Somerset West, 7130 ,South Africa
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The Helderberg Society for the Aged, a registered non-profit organisation (002-846NPO), celebrated 50 years of care for older persons in 2008.

Nestled in the heart of the Helderberg, with the Hottentots Holland mountain range as backdrop and a stroll on a lovely beach a few minutes down the road in the Strand, our residents are able to enjoy their retirement years in the compassionate care and security offered by the Helderberg Society for the Aged.

Older people are an important and valuable part of any community and the Society strives to support each individual through care and service to ensure that each one is offered the opportunity to live a dignified life.

Vision

The Helderberg Society for the Aged will provide sustainable care for the older person, enhancing quality of life with dignity and security, within a culture characterised by integrity, commitment, compassion and respect.

Mission

We will achieve our vision by appointing and/or training suitably qualified staff, enhancing our facilities, developing creative ways of self-funding, developing innovative marketing practices, engaging the community towards providing integrated and harmonised care for the older person.

HISTORY

The Society has grown from a small Rotary initiative started in 1958 to caring for approximately 700 residents in frail care, assisted living complexes, 8 blocks of flats and 2 cottage complexes. Frail care facilities, flats and service centres are situated throughout Somerset West and the neighbouring areas of Garden Village and Lwandle.

Our residents come from all walks of life, and we strive to provide a range of services to address the needs of all. To do this is effectively, the Society directly employs 210 people with a further 50 outsourced personnel.

Independent Living

We encourage residents to remain independent for as long as physically and mentally possible and we will continue to offer flats and cottages of different sizes throughout Somerset West.

Accommodation where rental includes one three course meal per day:

Vonke House

  • You can choose from 91 elegant bachelor and one-bedroom flats
  • A well-balanced lunch, included in the rent, is served daily in the dining-room.
  • For your convenience a coffee shop, library, hair salon, kiosk, clinic and a launderette are situated in the building. A laundry service is also provided.
  • The many social activities include bingo, card games, scrabble, exercises, musical concerts, outings, church services and much more.
  • Short-term specialist nursing care is available at Mountview, adjacent to Vonke House, also in Vonke Park.
  • Emergency care system

Swannack Gardens

  • Live a peaceful yet busy life
  • There are 38 beautifully appointed cottages, set in lush gardens.
  • Lunch is served daily in the Vonke House dining-room, and is included in the rent.
  • For your convenience a library, hair salon, kiosk, clinic and two launderettes are situated in the complex.
  • The many social activities include bingo, card games, scrabble, exercises, musical concerts, outings, church services and much more.
  • Short-term specialist nursing care is available at Mountview in Vonke Park.
  • Emergency care system

Accommodation where meals are optional but welcome at any of our service centres through meal tickets:

Butler Court

  • For independent retirement living
  • This peaceful block in Reitz Street consists of 14 one-bedroom flats.
  • Garages and a laundrette are located at the neighbouring Protea Court.
  • The residents keep themselves occupied with many activities in the “Cosy Corner”, such as exercise classes, outings, fundraising functions, braais and much more
  • The Society’s clinic sister is available on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Protea

  • For independent retirement living
  • This block, which consists of 37 flats, ranging from bachelor to two-bedroom, on three storeys, is situated in Lourens Street, very close to shops and the public library. A recently installed lift makes getting upstairs a pleasure.
  • The residents keep themselves occupied with many activities in the recently enlarged “Cosy Corner”, such as exercise classes, outings, fundraising functions, braais and much more
  • Garages and a laundrette are available.
  • The Society’s clinic sister is available on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

La Rochelle

  • For independent retirement living
  • This three storey building is in Andries Pretorius Street, right in central Somerset West.
  • Ranging from bachelor to two bedrooms, there are 36 flats in the building, which is served by a lift. Garages and carports are also available.
  • The activity centre is well used by the residents for all sorts of recreational activities.
  • The gardens are extensive and lovely and the mountain views are the envy of the town.
  • The Society’s clinic sister is available on the first Wednesday of every month.

Ebenezer

  • For independent retirement living
  • This intimate small double storeyed block is situated in Drama Street, in a lovely residential area of Somerset West, within walking distance of central Somerset West and contains six bachelor and two bedroom flats.
  • All the flats have stunning views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.

Camelot

  • For independent retirement living
  • Situated in Pienaar Street, in a lovely residential area of Somerset West with a splendid view of the Hottentots Holland Mountains
  • Set in a lovely garden, this single storey block consists of 38 bedsitters and a delightful communal lounge and laundrette.
  • Within walking distance of the village close to local amenities.
  • The Society’s clinic sister is available on the first and third Friday of every month.

Lancelot

  • For independent retirement living
  • This complex is a friendly two storey block, situated in Oatlands Road, in a lovely residential area of Somerset West and adjacent to Camelot.
  • It consists of 57 comfortable bedsitters, all within walking distance of the village.
  • Also situated on the property is a service centre with a laundrette, kiosk and well-used activities centre. The Society’s clinic sister is available on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.


Life Right Scheme

Bowden Park

  • A prestigious retirement home in the heart of Somerset West
  • Situated under the contemplative gaze of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Bowden Park could be everything you’ve been dreaming of.
  • Choose from a selection of 47 cottages, two and three bedroomed, all with two bathrooms and a garage. The homes are situated in a secure gated village and sold on the life-right system with a low monthly levy.
  • For your convenience, the Seniors’ Rendezvous, located across the road at Vonke Park, offers a library, hair salon, kiosk, coffee shop, clinic and meals at Vonke House.
  • “The Den” offers many social activities run by the residents’ committee, include bingo, card games, scrabble, musical concerts, coffee & chat mornings, films and videos, Sunday braais and much more.
  • The Society’s clinic sister is available on the second and fourth Monday of every month and short-term specialist nursing care is available at Mountview, across the road in Vonke Park

Assisted living Accommodation

Assisted living rental includes accommodation, all meals, laundry, cleaning service once a week, and an emergency call system. Additional services available are home based care, coffee shop, kiosk, outings, etc. Robari Lodge and Silver Oaks Lodge will provide assisted living services which include meals, cleaning and laundry services, but not 24 hour medical care. This will promote independence and keep living costs to a minimum.

Robari

  • A retirement option that offers you not only a lifestyle, but a life!
  • Centrally situated in New Street, Somerset West, within walking distance of banks and shops.
  • 24 hour Call-4-Care emergency system
  • 24 hour security
  • Night & Day Helper
  • The 72 luxury en-suite rooms may be furnished to individual taste and all linked to satellite television.
  • Enjoy all meals in the comfortable dining-room and all your laundry needs are seen to by our competent staff.
  • Also featured in the well-secured complex are gardens, courtyards, lounges and television viewing rooms and residents are kept occupied by many and varied social and occupational activities.

Silver Oaks

  • An elegant and comfortable retirement option
  • Located on the corner of Reitz and Lourens Streets, in the centre of Somerset West and within walking distance of shops, the public library, the post office and banks.
  • 24 hour Call-4-Care emergency system
  • 24 hour security
  • Night Helper
  • Accommodation is provided for 97 residents in single and companion rooms.
  • All meals are prepared in the well-appointed kitchen and our competent staff attend to your laundry needs.
  • The sunny, north-facing lounges are focal points of activities and smaller lounges are scattered through to facilitate intimate gatherings.
  • To enhance your lifestyle daily activities are offered. Exercise classes, bridge games, carpet bowls and creative crafts keep you in good shape.

Home Based Care

The HSFA offers home based care services to older persons living alone, with family in the community as well as at the Independent and Assisted Living Units at the HSFA. The aim of these services are to:

  • Provide assistance to independent older persons.
  • Enable the older person to function and remain in a safe and independent environment for as long as possible.
  • Support the primary carer looking after an older person.
  • Provide short term and once-off interventions where needed to promote continued independence.
  • Extend this service into the wider older community.
  • Asses and refer the older person to relevant recourses within the community thus promoting active living.

An initial assessment will be conducted to identify the needs of each individual and based upon this assessment, the most suited services will be suggested.

Services include:

  • Caring which includes basic care e.g. showering, bathing, hair care, exercises, etc.
  • Socialisation and activities.
  • Light housework e.g. preparing light meals, doing laundry, etc.
  • Accompanying to shops and doctor’s appointments.
  • Cleaning: Deep/Spring cleaning and routine cleaning.
  • Once-off interventions: Assessments and referral; vital observations etc.


The HBC team consists of the Manager, a registered Nurse, Carers, Housekeeping Staff, a Social Worker and a Clinic Sister.

Frail Care Accommodation

The Support Centre as well as Mountview are focussed on rendering services to frail residents with 24 hour care.

The Support Centre

  • The Support Centre, situated in Swalle Street, is part of Vonke Park, in a prime residential area of Somerset West and provides a comfortable, cared-for lifestyle for all its residents.
  • Services are focussed entirely on frail residents as well as residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s in a specialised unit with trained staff.
  • Frail older persons will feel at home with 24 hour nursing and all their needs being catered to with services that include all meals and tea times, laundry and cleaning services and specialised care.

Mountview

  • Mountview is situated in Vonke Park and overlooked by the awe-inspiring Hottentots Holland Mountain range.
  • The 34 luxury en-suite rooms can be furnished to individual taste and are all connected to satellite television.
  • Three well-balanced meals are served daily and your laundry needs are taken care of by the central laundry.
  • Well-trained and supervised staff offer 24 hour care and residents can make use of the activities and services of the adjacent Vonke House, church services, a library, a hair salon, a coffee shop and a kiosk.

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