Struggling frail care centres’ last subsidy increase in 2009

Lorraine Frail Care Centre Picture: Supplied
Lorraine Frail Care Centre
Picture: Supplied

Nelson Mandela Bay organisations looking after the elderly and disabled last received an increase in subsidies in 2009.

South African NGO Coalition Nelson Mandela Bay acting chairman Wandile Junundu said they had written a letter of complaint.

“We will support any move for a forensic investigation into the payments made to Eastern Cape Frail Care by the Department of Social Development.

“We are also concerned about the breach of the principle of fairness and equality characterising the service agreement between Eastern Cape Frail Care and the department.”

He said their greatest concern was that Ekuphumleni Old Age Home, Gelvandale Frail Home and Age In Action in Malabar did not receive equal subsidies to the Lorraine and Algoa frail care centres.

“It is our view patients at Lorraine and Algoa frail care are not in the social category deserving the funding currently afforded by the Department of Social Development.”

He described the disparity in funding as an irregular practice, saying it perpetuated an “anti-transformation agenda.”

Meanwhile, Maureen Andreka from the Algoa Bay Council for the Aged, said old age homes had been lobbying for an increase in their subsidy of R1 700 for years.

She said there had always been dedicated frail care facilities in the Bay run by the Department of Social Development or its predecessors.

There were no proper support services in the community for families who had loved ones needing frail care, she said.

Hilary Bolton, from Cheshire Homes, said they last received an increase in their R1 500 subsidy in 2009.

“I really hope something good will come from this as the frail care issue really put our problems in the spotlight again,” she said.

One thought on “Struggling frail care centres’ last subsidy increase in 2009

  • February 24, 2017 at 8:34 am
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    this mess needs to be sorted out, these people are at risk. why has there been no increases since 2009 we all know that costs have gone up annually. the government knows this as they are mostly responsible for the increases or agreeing to the increases. do these people stop needing to live, I think not.

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