Welcome to Methodist Homes for the Aged (Eastern Cape)

Methodist Homes for the Aged (Eastern Cape)---MHA---is engaged in the business of providing affordable, secure, comfortable accommodation as well as caring, professional frail care facilities to qualifying retired persons and, as far as we are able to, providing products and services for all phases of their ageing process.  We endeavour to create and maintain a loving and supportive community-focused environment, subscribing to Christian values.



CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AT ALDERSGATE!
27 December 2017

About 20 Aldersgate residents who were not going out to family or friends on Christmas Day got together for a celebratory “bring, braai and share” lunch in their hall. Tables were beautifully decorated, there were lots of chefs around the braai, and there was a wonderful buzz of fellowship and laughter.

This is just another fine example of living in community, which is evident across the MHA family in so many ways.

Some events are organized by a Fellowship Committee or Group, others just happen spontaneously, but there is always a sense of enjoyment and appreciation. This particular event was started by Jeanne Speed, one of the original Aldersgate residents about 20 years ago, and it has become a tradition.  

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DAVID GARRETT: THE PASSING OF A PIONEER
17 December 2017

The MHA family mourns the passing of one of its pioneers, David Garrett, who died on 17 December 2017, at the age of 84.

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During his working career David was highly respected in the financial services industry, and in the business world generally. He was invited to join the MHA Board in 1993, and he brought with him a broad range of business skills and excellent leadership qualities. When Bob Zeiss retired as Chairman in 1996, David took his place, and continued to serve on the MHA Board in that capacity until he resigned in 2007.

Under his skilled leadership MHA witnessed increasing growth and expansion, even though during that time the organization went through unprecedented financial challenges. Together with staff and fellow Directors he kept the ship afloat, off the rocks, and eventually forward into new and calmer waters.

The MHA family will keep Pat, and the whole family, in their thoughts and prayers, at this sad and difficult time.


BRINGING JOY TO SOME ELDERLY FOLK IN GQEBERA TOWNSHIP

12 December 2017

Each year in December MHA hosts a gathering in celebration, in a church hall in Gqebera (Walmer) township. Present this year were many of the sixty beneficiaries of our Nikithemba outreach project, together with the five wonderful carers and their supervisor, our General Manager and three Board members. Each beneficiary or a representative (many arriving with a wheelbarrow, to act as a "delivery service"!) received a lovely hamper of food to take home, courtesy of our catering service providers, Eastern Province Catering, and a thoughtful gift package from residents of Cassia Gardens. In addition, the caring staff were handed a monetary gift donated by generous residents of Aldersgate.

The joy on the face of each recipient was a privilege to witness, and MHA is proud of the Nikithemba project, now in its thirteenth year. Nikithemba in isiXhosa means "To give hope", and MHA believes that this outreach project does just that. During the year many communities within MHA Villages reach out to the beneficiaries, by way of parcels containing consumables and clothing. When you love, generosity is everywhere!!

In the photograph are two beneficiaries, our five carers (in navy or white uniforms), their supervisor Simpiwe Given Mpaliso (standing at the rear), and Board members Thuthuka Songelwa and Odwa Mtati.


ON THE ROAD TO FURTHER SUCCESS
8 December 2017

 In recent weeks some of our Housekeeping ladies underwent training to become Careworkers, as they wanted to enhance their careers. Our recently retired Nursing Services Manager (pictured, together with General Manager Hein Barnard, with the graduates) conducted the training inhouse, and in late November the proud ladies completed their course, and were handed certificates.

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Well done, ladies!! You took advantage of an opportunity, and we look forward to observing your future growth as you care for residents in our two frail care units.



OUR NEW NURSING SERVICES MANAGER!!
8 December 2017

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As a result of Matron Margie Kampman taking early retirement as at end-November 2017, MHA has appointed Matron Sanet Marx as her replacement. She commenced duties on 1 November.

Sanet comes from a Tarkastad farming family, and attended Cradock High. After Matric she went off to au pair in Italy for a year (adding Italian to her fluency in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa!). She then came to PE in 1994 and enrolled at the Sharley Cribb Nursing College in Park Drive where, after four years’ study, she obtained her Nursing diploma.

In 1998 Sanet started work in one of our Municipal clinics, focusing on community health nursing but specializing in HIV management and treatment. In 2011 she was approached to join the St.Francis Hospice team, where she was involved in palliative care, education and training (the latter including distance learning through North West University). She believes that everything happens for a reason; her choice of career, her move to Hospice, and now to MHA, is the fruit of that belief! Her mission is simple, yet profound: never allow a resident to feel invisible.

Sanet has been married to Riaan for 20 years, and they have two daughters, Esté and Sanri.

Welcome on board, Sanet!!



BOB ZEISS (19/02/1929—02/10/2017): GOD’S AMBASSADOR!

Bob Zeiss, one of the founding fathers of MHA in PE, its second Chairman, and latterly a resident at Cassia Gardens, has sadly passed away.

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At the funeral service on 6 October, Rev. Dr Bruce Woolard referred to Bob as God’s Ambassador, and how fitting that title is. Bob was a devout Christian, a committed Rotarian, a loving family man, someone who threw himself into community roles in the service of others, and he was someone who touched the lives of so many, across generations.

Rev. Woolard expanded on Bob’s character, saying that he was an optimistic man who always had a positive influence, he loved people, he was a man of vision in heart and mind, he was both tenacious and resilient, and possessed a lovely sense of humour.

The MHA family mourns the loss of a great man, and we extend condolences to his wife Joyce, to his family, and to those he loved and served, and who loved him in return. Bob and Joyce were blessed to have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on 27 September.

RIP, Bob.



MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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A load of redundant or replaced Maranatha Frail Care equipment was recently donated by MHA to Gelvan Park Frail Aged Home.

The smile on the face of their Nursing Manager, Make Fadzanai (pictured), says it all!! He asked MHA’s GM Hein Barnard how it was possible to donate goods and then also pay for the transport. Hein’s easy answer was: “Because MHA wants to make a difference in the lives of the needy”!

MHA has a heart, and we are proud that we could make a difference.

Click here to read the thank-you letter from Deidre Burjins, Secretary of the Board of Galvan Park Frail Age Home.



“SPRING DAY” SURPRISE

Earlier this month a large group of children from St. George’s Preparatory School descended on Cassia Gardens, and distributed flowers to the residents.

This lovely gesture brought so much joy to the residents, and a burst of colour. Thank you, boys and girls of St. George’s Prep!

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