Arcadia was established in 1903 and has been caring for Jewish children for well over 100 years.
Incorporated into the Chev Group in 2002, today, most of the children who live at Arcadia are placed there for their own protection either by order of the Children’s Court or through private placements. They reside in a brand new, modern facility situated on the corner of Long and George Avenues, which was constructed from the ground up in 2016.
The main concept behind the design of the building is the use of simple construction techniques and sustainable design features to create a de-institutionalised home, where the children can engage with the space and make it their own. Core to the concept was the intentional separation between the Residential and Day Care functions. Besides the outdoor pool and playground areas which can be used by all the children the three basics structures are:
- The Residential Home- which can accommodate up to 30 children.
- Senior Day Care- which can accommodate up to 60 children.
- Junior Day Care- which can accommodate up to 40 children.
Full time and well-trained child-care workers supervise and care for the children by day and night. Medical care, education, counselling, play and homework supervision are all provided and every effort is made to assist Arcadia’s children to achieve their full potential.
Contact 011 483 7507
Our Parents Home is located in Gardens and houses over 100 residents. It was established in 1940, initially to welcome Jewish immigrants fleeing from the horrors of the holocaust, and was incorporated into the Chevrah Group in 2001. At this pleasant facility, residents interact socially with each other in a safe, structured environment. Arts, crafts, concerts, quizzes, exercise classes, games and bingo are organised regularly. Guest lecturers cover a large spectrum of subjects and regular Shiurim are provided by visiting Rabbonim. The hairdresser, manicurist and podiatrist are accessible to residents and a team of social workers offers supportive counselling to them.
Patients at Our Parents Home who are in need of hospitalisation are sometimes admitted into the Sandringham Gardens hospital. Many synergies are evident as the two Homes work together to provide holistic care to the aged. An example of this is the specialised Alzheimers ward at Our Parents Home, known as the Sunshine Circle, which offers expert medical care and nursing.
Contact 011 489 7000
For over half a century the name “Selwyn Segal” has struck a chord of tenderness and compassion in the hearts of Johannesburg’s Jewish community. More than a place, Selwyn Segal is a concept, an ideology that encompasses protection and hope, where special people deserve special care.
This organisation was established in 1956 by the late Leon Segal and his wife, Fanny, whose only child, Selwyn, suffered from a disability. It was integrated into the Chev Group in 2005.
The Selwyn Segal Centre in Sandringham is set among well-groomed, tranquil gardens. The Centre provides accommodation, therapy and stimulation for 120 residents and services to a large number of day care attendees. They provide a full day care programme which caters to all levels of functioning. The programme is geared towards grooming, self-care, spirituality, life and social skills, current affairs and recreation. The multidisciplinary team consists of medical services, rehab services and social services and provides holistic care to each resident and day care attendee.
Contact 011 483 7530
Sandringham Gardens was established in 1912 and incorporated into the Chev Group in 2000. This facility has been taking care of the needs of older persons for over 100 years. It is home to 400 elderly people, many of whom are in need of long-term, intensive medical and nursing care.
At Sandringham Gardens, residents have access to a full complement of nursing staff, general practitioners and consulting specialists. The medical centre provides dentistry, optometry, audiology and speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and radiology services and has a fully-stocked dispensary. Hearing aids, spectacles and mobility aids are made available to patients and residents. A team of social workers offer supportive counselling to residents and family members.
For those in the residential section who are well enough to enjoy the wide range of amenities on offer, regular entertainment, outings, in-house functions, religious lectures and a beautifully maintained shul are on hand. Also available is a hairdressing salon, library and Nosh Café which supplies tasty snacks. Meals are prepared by the professional catering team who pays faithful attention to special dietary requirements. This remarkable residential facility is a warm and caring place and sits amidst beautifully cultivated and maintained gardens which the residents, weather permitting, enjoy enormously.
Contact 011 532 9600
Sandringham Lodge was established in November 2002 after extensive research revealed that there was a need for suitable facilities for Jewish individuals with mentally ill people in the Johannesburg area. The Lodge is a residential facility, situated on the beautiful and secure grounds of Sandringham Gardens, and caters for up to 40 chronic mentally ill people. Due to demand, Sandringham Square, situated opposite the Lodge, was opened to provide additional accommodation to mental health residents. That facility houses a further 40 people.
Three nutritious kosher meals are provided daily and the atmosphere is conducive to Jewish life with special meals being served on Shabbat and yomtov.
The daily programme is structured and productive and the Psycho-social Rehabilitation Programme includes:
- Dialectical Behaviour therapy – DBT is a focus within the facility to assist residents who require skills in managing their emotions and expressing themselves in a non-destructive way
- Life skills, during which difficulties with skills such as grooming, cooking, money management, self-esteem, stress management and social skills etc. are discussed.
- The work programme – every person who is able to work is provided with protected employment, either:
- in the World of Work project which provides protected employment within the Chevrah Kadisha Group for those who are unable to cope in the open job market, or
- In the Kadimah Occupational Centre which offers sheltered employment for psychiatrically ill people
- Occupational Therapy programmes focus on cognitive skills such as concentration and memory skills as well as recreational activities including beadwork, art, crafts and fabric painting. Memory games and word searches are amongst the activities.
- Cooperation groups aim to de-stigmatise and educate the residents about mental illness and to teach appropriate social and occupational skills
- Education groups aim to educate the residents about mental illness and medication and to teach appropriate social and occupational skills
- Family support groups help the families of mentally ill people to understand and cope with mental illness. This, in turn, assists the residents who benefit from deeper understanding of their conditions.
Contact 011 532 9640
Golden Acres is a beautiful Jewish retirement village located in the heart of Jewish Glenhazel. It offers independent apartments in various sizes, beautifully maintained gardens, 24-hour security and access to maintenance. Accommodation is available for purchase or rent from age 60.
Residents are a family and a spirit of friendship and camaraderie is evident at dinner clubs, exercise groups, card schools, movie evenings and on Shabbat and Jewish festivals. Life at Golden Acres is both social and peaceful – there is privacy when residents want it and company when they need it.
Onsite comforts include a hairdressing salon, well-stocked library, daily shul services, covered parking, a frail care centre and a wide array of stimulating daily activities.
Contact 011 532 9791 for more info.