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The Community Services Team is at the heart of PADCA's services to seniors.
Their expertise and input span the continuum of PADCA's services and it is this which contributes to the special PADCA difference. The professionalism of this small but important team ensures we continue to meet that goal of helping seniors and their families to find a way through a maze of problems and challenges, and to explore different options to best meet each individual’s circumstances. We see every senior we assist as part of the family whether based in the community or in one of the accommodation facilities.
The team is called on by families and community members to deal with a multiplicity of situations and needs, and their knowledge of both the PADCA resources and those available in the community ensures insightful guidance. All interactions with seniors and their families are handled compassionately and in the strictest confidence.
On an individual basis we:
- Counsel on the various aspects of the ageing process.
- Investigate and intervene in cases of abuse, abandonment and neglect.
- Follow up in case of emergencies, e.g. we will check on your relative should you live out of town and are concerned about his/her wellbeing.
- Offer advice on the rights of, and benefits for seniors
- Offer limited financial advice.
- Offer advice on accessing state pensions.
Home-Based Care & Rural Club Programmes
Our Community Services Team oversee the Home-Based Care (HBC) programme which comprises more than 41 volunteer carers assisting over 800 seniors in the rural communities in the Greater Msunduzi region (from Wartburg to Sweetwaters to Elandskop and Pietermaritzburg.) These carers are in touch with the needs of the seniors in their communities and are a vital link in keeping us aware of the plight of many seniors.
The Community Services team also oversee the rural clubs and their role includes:
- affirming seniors value in terms of their roles as caretakers, crafters and a resource to their community,
- Undertaking social outings to give them a reprieve from their difficult circumstances,
- above all, building the capacity and strengthening the resilience of these seniors.
PADCA oversees a number of Social Clubs. The programmes can help combat the loneliness that is evident in many in his age group. The clubs are volunteer-directed and seniors from the community or our residences are welcome at any or all our Social Clubs.
These clubs offer the opportunity for seniors to participate in a range of activities or hobbies, experience mental stimulation, engage socially and enjoy the company of their peers.
PADCA promotes empowering ageless living through events such as the PADCA Sports Day and PADCA Mile (annual walk).