The CareCompany Community Appeal
Since 2013, CareCompany has supported a number of Fish Hoek elders living in the local community who need assistance with basic care and support.
These individuals are not in a healthy financial position, cannot afford a residential facility, and depend on the CareCompany. Through us they receive all types of support from personal care and physical assistance to emotional support and specialist dementia care.
We are making a desperate appeal to help fill the funding gap!
Our community programme relies on the community to sponsor this care and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributes. Unfortunately, one of the sponsors has withdrawn – leaving 22 elderly men and women facing losing the help they rely on.
We need your support to keep services running for them. We hope that as a community, we will continue to provide a vital contribution to the lives of our neighbours in need.
To donate or contribute to our community programme in any way, please contact Jeanette or Louise on 021 782 8256 or 072 667 8664.
Your funding will support 22 vulnerable and sub-economic people living in the Fish Hoek community. Please help us raise the R1,300 per person we need to care for them each month.
Donate by EFT:
CareCompany Trust | Bank: FNB
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Who do we help and why do they need us?
Clinton & June
June is in her nineties and struggles with anxiety. She is increasingly unable to care for herself and feels helpless when left alone – even for short periods of time. Our support started with companionship but over the years has progressed to personal care, grooming and occasionally wound care too.
Clinton is in his nineties too and is June’s primary carer. As such, he needs a little respite to ensure that he does not burn out. The once a week service received through the community programme provides him with encouragement and upliftment and a chance for an occasional walk on the beach when he finds the anxiety at home a little too much.
Desiree suffers with Dementia and has lost all her friends through the disease. Desiree also suffers from panic attacks and chronic depression and Osteoarthritis. Her mobility is slow and she walks with a stick.
Desiree is incredibly lonely and looks forward to the weekly visits as she enjoys chatting to the carer when they go on their outings. Desiree is happy to discuss her circumstances with the carer as she believes nobody else is interested in what she has to say.
Eileen has reduced mobility, is almost completely blind, and is house-bound most of the time. We initially started seeing her at home and during discussions it became apparent that Eileen was lonely and that she was missing her friends who no longer drove and were unable to call on her for visits.
We help her to get out to join her friends doing their weekly shop together. This and the simple act of sponsoring her coffee and cake gives her something to look forward to.
Lorraine lives alone with her animals and her health is compromised both physically and emotionally as she has become estranged from her family. Lorraine sees the carer as being her family as she has nobody else she can turn to.
Lorraine has often indicated that without the service she receives from the CareCompany under the FHEC programme she does not know how she would have survived.
Rene suffers from Dementia and is in a frail care facility with her husband who has advanced dementia and is unable to speak. She has no family in the Cape Town area.
The care companion visits assist with stimulating her and encouraging her participation in activities such as knitting and crocheting when her arthritis is not too painful. The carer takes her for wheelchair walks in the garden from time to time too.
Avril has been diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s. She is severely cognitively challenged and prone to anxiety attacks. As a result, Avril no longer enjoys going out as she finds crowds of people quite distressing. Avril is no longer able to perform simple tasks like making a cup of tea or a sandwich on her own. Personal hygiene rituals and procedures are also largely forgotten and toilet trips are a big challenge.
Her husband is her primary carer and tries to do everything for her but is unable to manage the personal hygiene requirements. He has reached a point where exhaustion and burnout are taking their toll and he is no longer able to function on his own.
David & Mary
Mary and David live together in a duplex maisonette. David is bedridden and lives in the lounge after falling down a flight of stairs and suffering brain damage 20 years ago. In 2013 he broke his left leg, in 2015 he broke his right leg and has not been mobile since. He has to use adult diapers as he is unable to use the commode or toilet.
David is completely dependent on Mary and they are in each other’s space 24/7. Along with helping Mary care for David, we provide Mary with some respite once a week as she tells us she feels like a prisoner in her own home.
Ursula has macular degeneration and has very little sight. She desperately seeks company and companionship as she has no friends, family or visitors. She also needs help with shopping as she cannot drive or see the price tags as well as being taken out on the 1st day of each month to draw her pension.
Ursula lives in a crowded and single room with two old cats who are her companions and family. Since she can no longer work she survives only on her state pension. Her nutrition is bad as there is insufficient income once her rent has been paid. Her energy and motivation to look after herself and her home has gone and relies on the CareCompany to keep her going.
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All for a good cause
Service is its own reward! As we are a registered NPO and public benefit organisation all funds go directly to caring for the elderly.
And all of our trustees work on a voluntary basis. No personal payments or dividends have ever been taken out of the CareCompany by them.