Taking care of older people in our communities

Our senior citizens are our the pillars in our communities because they’re filled with wisdom and valuable life skills which we can use to our benefit. It's important to acknowledge our senior citizens and the contribution that they're making to our society. elderly couple enjoying the outdoors

We're proud to be playing a leading role in implementing integrated services for the care, support and protection of older persons. 

Services for our senior citizens

We want to ensure the wellbeing of everyone, including older people. As part of our commitment to best serve and protect our senior citizens, we offer the following key services:

1. Care and accommodation:
We offer home community-based care as a means of promoting good health and preventing sickness while providing the elderly with rehabilitative care as well.

The purpose of home-community based care is to: 

  • maintain the health and well-being of the elderly,
  • prevent them from getting sick,
  • help them care for minor health problems and long-term conditions, and
  • make sure they recover from illnesses and hospitalisation.

Accommodation for older persons
Looking for a home is never an easy process especially if it’s for an elderly person who needs a lot of caring and love. We have this list for options that suit your needs and pocket.

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Assisted living
Assisted living is the provisioning of affordable, safe and accessible accommodation, with access to support services for active older persons who are independent, with or without assistive devices and who need some form of supervision and assistance regarding their activities of daily living.

Independent living
Independent living is the provisioning of affordable, safe and accessible accommodation to active older persons, who are fully independent, with or without assistive devices and who don't need assistance regarding their activities of daily living.

Service centres for older persons
Service Centres for Older Persons are community-based care and support services for older persons whereby they are engaged in a range of activities and services such as exercises, recreational activities, cultural and spiritual activities, awareness campaigns, educational and skills activities as well as lunches.

Specialised organisations
Specialised organisations are non-profit organisations (NPO’s) that are delivering services of a specialised nature to older persons, such as dementia/Alzheimer care and elder abuse.

2. Other services:

Old-age pension
We provide assistance for old-age pension provided for you by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). SASSA is able to say whether or not you qualify for a grant by looking at the amount you earn and things you own.

Looking for more information?
For more information on services and facilities catering for older persons, contact the Department of Social Development toll-free on: 0800 220 250.

Ways to get involved during Older Persons Week

1. Caring for the elderly
You can show that you care:

  • by visiting them at their old age home  and spending time with them, or
  • by giving of your time and becoming a volunteer at an old-age home.

2. Making sure you stop the abuse of older people
If you come across older people being abused, make sure that you report it immediately to the Western Cape Department of Social Development by calling 0800 220 250.

The content on this page was last updated on 29 September 2017