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Vygieshof home for the aged, Calitzdorp

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Vygieshof is a residential home for the aged of Calitzdorp. Full care and support is provided by a caring management and staff.

Vygieshof Home for the Aged
16 Andries Pretorius Street
Calitzdorp

GPS -33.530359, 21.688877

PO Box 76
Calitzdorp, 6660

Manageress Geraldine Pretorius
Tel (044) 213 3745
Fax (044) 213 3490

e-mail  vygieshof@telkomsa.net

 

There are currently 49 residents being cared for in the main building of Vygieshof and 12 residents in the semi-independent flats.

Residents in the flats receive one meal per day and clothes washing and flat cleaning services once a week.

Residents of the home are fully cared for with three meals a day, a daily room cleaning and clothes-washing service, a weekly doctor’s clinic and help with bathing, shaving, dressing, and all the more personal frail care requirements.

Vygieshof flats

Vygieshof flats

Care is offered for Alzheimers and dementia sufferers, those who are mentally or physically handicapped and the frail.

Recreational activities include singing, exercising with a physiotherapist, a library service, bingo, a hair salon , DVDs and a much enjoyed monthly shopping trip to Oudtshoorn.  Once a year residents are hosted to a braai meal by volunteers.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development assists with funding, which for the year 2013-14 was just over one million rand. However, with ever increasing costs, every effort is made by Vygieshof and volunteers to supplement this income.

One of Vygieshof’s successful fund raising campaigns was the popular ‘Vygieshof ‘Smulkombuis’ where  delicious meals were catered for at various venues. Sadly this service was ended in 2015.

Vygieshof Emporium

Vygieshof Emporium (click picture to enlarge)

An ongoing fundraiser is the little secondhand shop – the ‘Vygies Emporium‘  in the  garage building on Andries Pretorius street at Vygieshof. This is open on All-pay day, Fridays and Saturdays. Here volunteers sell absolutely everything imaginable that has been donated, at remarkably affordable prices.

All donations are gratefully received –  from surplus fruit and vegetables to clothing, linen, games, jigsaw puzzles, unwanted wool and anything in between. Every little bit helps to provide a secure home for the elderly of the town.

Please think of Vygieshof next time you want to discard something that could still be useful to somebody else – it will make a difference.

 

How it started

It was in August 1962 that J P Bekker drew the attention of the Dutch Reformed church to a definite need for a home for the elderly in Calitzdorp.

Vygieshof early 1970s

Vygieshof early 1970s

A church committee was set up and an option was taken on an erf for R900 for the project by the Sinodale Kommissie vir die Diens van Barmhartigheid (Synod Committee for Charitable Service). The church was willing to advance this amount on loan if needed. The intention was to provide housing for 39 elderly locals.

Architect Bronkhorst suggested the purchase of the adjoining plot as well, bringing land cost to a total of R1,500.  The SKDB donated R500 towards this.

By February 1964 there were already thirty names on the waiting list.

In June 1964 Dominee Vos informed the church council that donations of R7,239 –a large sum at the time – had been collected towards furniture and other necessities for the home.

A loan of R43,700 over forty years at one twentieth percent was negotiated and two months later J C Spies’ tender of R53,680 for construction was accepted.

Mid November 1966 saw the first residents move into the nearly completed building. The Inauguration took place on 21 January 1967 and a month later twenty residents had already moved in.

Some time later, once the adjoining Parsonage and mission church had been demolished, Vygieshof was extended.

Over the years extensions included a block of self-contained flats for twelve residents. For many years the gracious Victorian house next door was also part of the establishment.