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The Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged got a major makeover which will allow them to help more vulnerable elderly; they are hoping to now furnish the new buildings and need a helping hand.


KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (01 September 2023) – The Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged has been taking in vulnerable elderly for the past 60 years. This incredible home recently had a major makeover which will allow even more elderly to receive the care they deserve!

The home was founded by Mr. Issy Geshen and a group of volunteers more than 60 years ago. His vision was to build a better tomorrow for vulnerable elders who needed care and a place to call their own. The home is in Lamontville, where poverty is high and the need for care is great.

The home has completed the build and upgrade of its new frail care and dementia unit, providing specialised care for elderly residents living with dementia and related conditions. The new unit is designed to cater to the unique needs of the residents, providing them with a secure environment, specialised care staff, and tailored programming.

The new facility was officially opened on 30th August with staff, elders and guests in attendance.

The new frail care and dementia unit is a significant milestone for the Issy Geshen Home, which has been serving the elderly in the Lamontville community for more than sixty years. The upgrade is designed to improve the quality of life of frail elders living with dementia and related conditions, ensuring that they receive the highest level of care possible.

Guy Levene, Chairman at Issy Geshen Home said, “After many years of planning, and for the first time in its history, we are excited to announce the completion of the build and upgrade of the dementia unit. This upgrade is a testament to Issy Geshen Home’s commitment to providing a comfortable and dignified environment for the elderly. We are grateful to our donor, the Victor Daitz Foundation, who funded the project, and has been instrumental in making this renovation project possible. Their generosity and support to the elderly in our community are inspiring, and we are grateful to the Board for their firm commitment.”

The new frail care and dementia unit comprises of four 4-bed wards and one 1-bed ward (which can fit one additional bed) resulting in a total of 18 beds. The ablutions are frail care and wheelchair friendly.

Mr. David Simpson, Managing Trustee-The Victor Daitz Foundation stated, “The Foundation has a strong relationship with the Issy Geshen Lamont Home and was very pleased to be able to assist with this project. The Foundation would only support projects which have the requisite high level of corporate governance with checks and balances, which the Issy Geshen Lamont Home is justifiably proud of.

The Foundation’s mandate is to help communities in KZN which are in need, and this facility is certainly one which Lamontville needs.”

The Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged has launched a fundraising campaign to furnish the Home for the elderly to make it a homelier environment. Individual and corporate donations are welcome, and every donation received will support the purchase of furniture and medical equipment.

To donate and to get involved, contact:
Zinhle Hlubi on 031-469 0247

Sources: Supplied
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