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Evergreen Muizenberg launches 21st century Health and Frail Care Centre

Award-winning national retirement brand Evergreen Lifestyles is transforming the way healthcare is delivered and managed at its Muizenberg village, with the recent establishment of a sophisticated Healthcare Centre that includes a fully equipped Frail Care Unit.

Forming part of the newly built 4 000m2 Lifestyle Centre at the heart of this sought-after estate, the establishment of the new Healthcare Unit completes Evergreen’s ‘continuous care’ model by addressing the unique needs of the frail elderly and offering comprehensive 24-hour nursing and recuperative care.

Featuring a 32-bed frail care unit plus primary healthcare clinic, occupational therapy suite, doctors consulting room, nurses offices, sterile procedure room and healthcare administration facility, the sparkling new centre is also designed and decorated to feel like a welcoming home. Further features include a visitors’ reception, large lounge and dining room with comfortable furniture and big screen TV’s, stunning views of the village and mountains (through large picture windows) and a sunny enclosed outdoor courtyard with green trees and outdoor relaxing areas.

“The unit serves Evergreen’s four Western Cape villages and is managed by Unique Health, who deliver healthcare services in all our villages,” comments Evergreen Lifestyles Managing Director, Derek Drew. “With 12 Frail Care units currently under management, Unique Health has significant experience to offer in frail care, and manages all aspects of the Muizenberg unit from provision of registered nurses and carers to specialist doctors on call,” he explains.

“The launch of the Muizenberg Healthcare Centre adds a vital additional layer to Evergreen’s range of supportive services. The first layer provides for home-based healthcare, allowing residents to receive care in the familiar surroundings of their homes,” remarks Drew. “All homes and apartments have access to 24-hour emergency assistance at the push of a button and caring, trained staff on hand to assist when required,” he says. “This is further enhanced by health clinics where primary services include regular health checks such as blood pressure, administration of preventative flu vaccines, as well as the treatment of basic ailments – all administered by trained staff,” he explains. “A pillar of Evergreen’s ‘partnership promise’ is the promotion of active aging and the management of health. With the provision of professional Frail Care, we’ve added an extra layer and thereby advanced and enriched our brand promise. It’s welcome news to our Evergreen villages’ residents and the general public in the surrounding suburbs!” concludes Drew.

Evergreen strongly believes that a vital key to enjoying a happier and healthier retirement is achieved through supportive and age-friendly environments. A pillar of the brand’s ‘partnership promise’ is the promotion of active aging and the management of health. As such, the greater Muizenberg Lifestyle Centre includes a bistro, dining and lounge area, an indoor heated pool, a library and a snooker and games room as well as opportunities for residents to maintain a regular exercise and fitness routine in the centre’s well-equipped gym and exercise area. Residents can also enjoy walks along the beach and nearby mountain reserves, dips in the sea – as well as easy access to nearby amenities including theatres, nature reserves and shops.

“Splendid and secure locations, high quality care and resort-style amenities are what Evergreen retirement villages, such as Muizenberg, stand for,” says Drew, “offering an enviable lifestyle for those who rely on extra care as much as for those who don’t,” he explains. “Whilst Evergreen villages offer quality retirement living we are all aware that, at some stages in our lives, we may require more assistance and professional help in our day-to- day living. We’re committed to providing a worry-free retirement for all residents, which means the provision of an environment that anticipates and supports the stages and transitions of aging.”

“With the imminent expansion of the Broadacres village in Gauteng, we also expect to incorporate a Healthcare Centre with 32-bed Frail Care unit into our new Lifestyle Centre there in the near future,” he concludes.