Springs Retirement Village rejuvenated!
Friday 12th August 2016 heralded the official opening of the newly renovated and significantly upgraded Springs Retirement Village, one of fourteen retirement villages in the Methodist Homes stable.
Rev Peter Witbooi, Kelvin Glen CEO), Dr Ian Thornton, Mr Nxiba (Legislature Department), Les Smith (Chairman), Residents Mr Hollard & Mrs Venter, Theresa Fry (Manager), Molly Shongwe (Nursing Manager).
The Red Cross originally opened Springs Retirement and Frail Care Centre, as it was formerly known, in March 1955 as a convalescent home housing 25 residents. One and two bedroom life rights units followed in the early nineties.
Following a case of fraud and theft, the village was facing liquidation and in 2004 was placed under Judicial Management. Out of concern for the village’s residents who were facing a somewhat bleak and uncertain future, Reverend Scott Manning of Springs Trinity Methodist Church approached Methodist Homes for assistance.
Methodist Homes is a Non-Profit Company that has been providing professional, affordable, secure and caring accommodation for the elderly for over 46 years. Located in Gauteng (11) and the North-West Province (3), the Villages offer a selection of retirement options including life rights, rental units, full board and lodging as well as mid and high care services to close on 2700 residents.
Methodist Homes offered to take this somewhat neglected retirement facility which was accommodating 98 residents at the time, out of judicial management by settling its outstanding liabilities and taking over its longer-term life rights obligations to residents who had purchased independent living units. Following a lengthy legal process, the village was finally fully integrated into the Methodist Homes stable in March 2014.
With its new name, Springs Retirement Village, came a host of welcome and significant changes and improvements. “We wasted no time in getting this facility in ship shape so that the residents could enjoy their new beautiful, well-equipped and comfortable home,” says Methodist Homes CEO, Kelvin Glen who is also a director of the South African Care Forum, ‘the official voice for the care industry’.
“In addition to improving management systems, human resources and nursing practices, Methodist Homes invested R21 million for the implementation of much-needed upgrading and expansion of the existing facilities to meet the demand in the Springs and surrounding areas.”
The scope of work included the building of the Lodge consisting of sixteen new units, built on the old parking area to provide rental options with meals, previously not available to residents at this village. The construction of ten new mid care units with en-suite bathrooms and verandas replaced the main entrance. The old offices were converted into additional mid care rooms, lounges/dining rooms as well as a lounge with a library. The former frail care was completely re vamped and the previous mid care was converted into a chapel/hall. A section of old frail section was converted into offices. Moreover, the cramped club house was replaced with a much roomier facility. A new laundry and workshop were built and the kitchen was expanded. Much to the delight of the residents, one of the dwelling units was turned into a hairdressing salon and a coffee shop, aptly named Route 12 Village Cafe due its styling as a styled 50’s diner.
Finally, a new entrance with improved security, a new boundary wall and fencing were erected, residents were provided with new patios and courtyards and covered parking was put up for those residents with vehicles.
“Although this was a massive project that virtually turned the village into a temporary construction site for almost 12 months, we tried to conduct all the construction, revamping and upgrading activities with as much respect and as little disruption to our residents as possible,” states Kelvin. “We are most grateful to the staff for their commitment and we truly appreciate the patience shown by residents during the building project.”
“The appreciation and compliments that we are receiving from our residents and their families on the significant improvements we have made to the Village that they can now proudly call home, has made this long journey a worthwhile and rewarding one. But the journey does not end here as our focus now turns to maintaining our quality of service to our residents,” concludes Kelvin.
What is Methodist Homes (MHA)?
MHA is a Section 21 Company that has been registered as a Non-Profit Organisation. MHA is controlled by a Board of Directors comprising prominent professional and business persons who provide expertise and guidance to the full time officials who manage the day-to-day operations of the organisation.
What is a retirement village?
A Retirement Village is best described as a lifestyle of living that caters specifically for people who want to live in a community of like-minded people who are wanting some of the hassles of everyday living taken care of. The advantages of living in a village are that there is excellent security to ensure personal safety; there are backup services in case of emergency, including access to an MHA frail care; there are support care services; meals; laundry facilities and physical and social activities. Each village has developed their services to meet the needs of their residents, and you should clarify these with management. You can expect to find a library, hairdresser, dining room, regular entertainment, outings, transport to shopping centres, gym and exercise classes.