Taking care of older people in our communities | Western Cape Government

Taking care of older people in our communities

Woman hanging up washingOur senior citizens are the pillars of our communities. They have a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience that can benefit society. It's important to acknowledge our senior citizens and the contribution that they're making to our society. 

Services for our senior citizens

We want to ensure the well-being 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. You must find an option that will suit your needs and pocket.

Helping the elderlyAssisted 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. Independent older persons need to make their homes safe to prevent accidents such as falls.

Service centres for older persons

Service Centres for Older Persons are community-based care and support services for older persons where they can engage in a range of activities and services such as exercise, 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:

​The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provide assistance for an old-age pension and can say whether or not you qualify for a grant by looking at the amount you earn and things you own (called a means test).

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


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.

Stop the abuse of older people

If you're aware of an older people being abused, make sure that you report it immediately to the Western Cape Department of Social Development by calling 0800 220 250.

Prevent elder abuse and speak up if you suspect that an elderly person is being financially exploited, neglected or harmed by their caregiver.

 
The content on this page was last updated on 25 September 2019