“Every day I say thank you to God for the many blessings and the strength to get up and do things for myself,” says Sally Nareen – a resident of Tafta Lodge.
76 -year-old Sally has lived at Tafta for 15 years, and she couldn’t be happier. Her colourful room with its wall of family photos is a reflection of her energetic and vibrant personality. She walks to uShaka and the local supermarket, goes to gym three times a week, and participates in activities like dancing, bingo, bowls and table tennis at the home.
Sally has close ties to a son in Johannesburg and two daughters living nearby. But last Christmas, she chose to stay at Tafta Lodge rather than go to family. Why? Because she felt sorry for other residents who have no one, and who never go out for Christmas.
“I wanted to do something special for them on Christmas Day,” she said. “Nothing fancy – we just all brought a plate of eats and shared the afternoon together.”
“It’s very nice here,” she adds, “the staff are very good to us – if we need anything, they do it right away.”