85 Vause Road
Contact: Sylvia Collins
The goals of Beth Shalom are to:
- Provide a Home for Senior Citizens of the Jewish Community in KwaZulu Natal.
- Plan and operate facilities which will provide comprehensive balanced services ranging from independent living to frail care.
- Support the concept of allowing individuals to be as independent as possible.
- Provide programs which encourage a feeling of well-being and optimism.
- Provide quality care which contributes to quality of life.
- Increase public understanding of the elderly, the Home and its relationship with the Jewish Community of KwaZulu that it serves.
Back in 1970, concerned members of the Durban Community foresaw a need for a facility for our aging community. Beth Shalom was officially opened by the first President, the Late Mr Israel (Issy) Geshen on the 15th November 1970 with about 6 residents, in a converted house. Subsequent extensions have increased its capacity to about 100 people. Funding for the acquisition of the property and the various constructions which took place came predominantly from the Jewish Community of KwaZulu Natal, with some Government assistance. We now fulfilla vital need in the community.
Program of services
The health and welfare of our residents is paramount with a large nursing staff working 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Nursing services are provided as well as ancillary services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and where necessary we rely on a panel of doctors. Beth Shalom prides itself on the high degree of care and attention each resident receives and where the residents' every need is catered for.
Our residents receive 3 wholesome kosher meals a day, and fully serviced rooms. In addition we have an in-house laundry service to accommodate residents and facility needs.
We also offer a wide range of entertainment including music appreciation evenings, movie nights every Saturday, weekly Shiurim meetings and an excellent exercise program. Residents enjoy a full program of activities in which to participate in daily.
Our gardens are lush and beautiful which is the real gem of the Home. There is lots of bird life bringing enjoyment to the residents and their visitors.
As the expenses of the Home far exceed the fees collected each year, there is a major shortfall in funding, and Beth Shalom would not be able to continue its work were it not for the support it receives from the local Community, and various organizations both in and outside of South Africa such as ChaiSouthAfrica.