ABOUT US

Our Organisation

St. Johannis Lifestyle Estate in Parow, Cape Town, has been the final home choice for many senior citizens since its inauguration in 1981. Originally called St. Johannis Heim, it was an initiative of the Lutheran Church and the German-speaking community in Cape Town. Over the years it has reached out to embrace residents from other denominations and cultures, although those who speak and understand German will certainly feel at home here.

But for all residents, the main attraction of this lifestyle estate is the sense of belonging to a caring community, where there is a special place that suits their specific needs for independent or assisted living.

St. Johannis Organisation is registered as a Not-for-Profit Organisation (NPO) and as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), as defined under the Non-profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997.

St. Johannis Organisation offers a range of retirement options with all the comforts of home across the full property spectrum – to rent or to buy on sectional title or life right. There are 31 townhouses/cottages and 67 apartments for independent seniors, 46 beds for those requiring assisted living, and 24 beds in the Frail Care Unit, as well as 16 in the Johanniter Dementia Unit.

Professional health care services are aligned to the ever-changing physical and emotional needs of the elderly – whether for or assisted living, or the full nursing spectrum of frail care and dementia care.

St. Johannis is situated on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills in Parow, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, with an iconic view of Table Mountain. It is conveniently within easy reach of various state and private hospitals and specialised clinics, upmarket shopping centres, churches of all denominations, the N1 highway and key road links to other Boland, Winelands and Overberg destinations, and within 15 minutes of Cape Town International airport.

Origin of the name St. Johannis

Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

Saint John, also called Saint John the Evangelist or Saint John the Divine, was in Christian tradition an apostle of Jesus and the author of three letters or Epistles, the Fourth Gospel, and possibly also the Book of Revelations. John was canonized by Pope Alexander VIII on October 16, 1690, and later named the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, firefighters, alcoholics, and booksellers. His feast day is traditionally celebrated in different parts of the world on 8 March, 8 May, 26 September and December 27.

Our Mission

St. Johannis Organisation is a non-profit enterprise managing a diverse property portfolio and offering a range of retirement accommodation options and professional health care services aligned to the ever-changing spiritual, emotional, social, physical, nursing and housing needs of senior citizens. We strive to enrich their lives by demonstrating exceptional compassion and care through a dedicated and fully qualified nursing team, and by offering residents opportunities for care-free independent or assisted living via the community and connection in a retirement village atmosphere

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Our Community

As a non-profit enterprise it is perhaps apt that the staff, management committee, board members, residents and volunteers of St Johannis Organisation should base their ethical values and shared beliefs on the word ‘Saint’

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S is for a sacred sanctuary – acknowledging the founding ideals of St Johannis to provide a secure and safe home for senior citizens, with access to professional nursing services and personalised care across the full health spectrum & a variety of competitive residential options to buy or rent and a range of life-enhancing amenities and social activities in a village environment.
A spells out our commitment to accountability in all spheres – personal, medical, business and organisational.
I stands for integrity in all our investments, to assure senior citizens of independence and assisted living options to match their needs at a particular life stage, while the staff and volunteers remain invested in meeting the needs of residents for dignity, compassion, comfort and care.
N refers to nurturing the residents’ connections with local and overseas family and relatives as well as the wider community, via the caring aid of the professional nursing staff and the team of dedicated volunteers.
T stands for a trustworthy team of professionals working together with volunteers for the benefit of all residents.
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Volunteer with us

In cash

With sponsorships and donations, or by making a bequest in your will.

Account holder: St Johannis Heim
Bank: NEDBANK, Bellville ‘The Bridge’
Acc No: 103 629 90 90
Branch code: 123 209

In Kind by volunteering

We also welcome local volunteers for the following activities, that can be done for or with residents

  • Writing Letters for/ with them or even to them
  • Reading aloud (newspapers, books, short stories)
  • Tell something about yourself
  • Listening / Conversation
  • Taking a walk on the premises
  • Visiting residents on their birthday
  • Visiting residents for Christmas, Easter or any other opportunity
  • Visits with children or pets
  • Board games (chess, checkers, etc.)
  • What else can you think of where you could help?

Possible Activities for Frail Care and Alzheimer/Dementia Residents

  • Reading aloud: fairy tales, experience reports, travel reports, poems
  • Memory training: adding proverbs / types of speech, alphabetical names / flowers / colors etc.
  • Guessing, fairy tale guessing (by specifying parts of the content), compound
  • Nouns on topics (e.g. TIME -> time, zeitgeist … / wedding, Easter …)
    • Singing: folk songs, hiking songs, song guessing by playing songs on CD and singing together
  • Parlor games: Ludo, dice (6 dice in the cup: 1 = 100 points / 5 = 50 points / 6 = 60 points / 3 of a kind – e.g. 3 × 2 = 200 points / 3 × 1 = 1000 Points – after 5 rounds determine the winner and “reward” with something sweet)
  • Body activation: ball game (with individual residents or n a group)
  • bowling with a ball (6 empty, painted water bottles are provided)
  • Balloon tennis (12 “rackets” are available), balancing objects on the rackets from one to the other or everyone balances himself
  • Sitting gymnastics, depending on ability
  • Feel memory (put approx. 8 × 2 identical objects in a pillow case), very successful when you have to find small sweets to eat!

For Assisted Living Residents and a few from Frail Care or Dementia Unit

  • Bingo
  • Aerobics
  • Do handicrafts according to your own ideas and skills (e.g. paper cutting, folding napkins.
  • Discussion (introduction to preferences, previous pets, experiences with children, etc.)
  • Drawing and Mandalas
  • City-Country-River

Opportunity for volunteers from overseas

Accommodation, laundry as well as 3 meals per day will be provided free of charge against the volunteer service. Further personal needs would be at your own expense.

You will share the volunteer flat with another volunteer. Everyone has their own bedroom with WiFi connection; the living room, kitchen and bathroom are shared.

Sheets and towels are provided.

Clothes can be delivered to our laundry.

Are from 08h00 – 16h30 Mondays to Fridays

Your lunchtime is between 12h00 – 13h00

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays are your days off and for your own re-creation.

A daily routine looks something like this:

Breakfast is at 08h00. Afterwards, you plan and prepare for your activity which starts at 10h30 until just before 12h00 – either group or individual activities such as: Boardgames, reading, going for walks on the grounds, discussion groups, art and crafts, singing or just listening to residents.

Lunch is at 12h00 for the residents and afterwards a rest period until 14h30. They get their afternoon tea/coffee at 15h00

The afternoon activity commences again at 15h30 until 16h30, which will end your day.

A light supper is served to the residents at 17h00.

All activities are planned and executed by the volunteers.

Our public transport infrastructure is not as good as in overseas countries. There is a train going into town, but we strongly recommend that you have an international driver’s license, so that you can hire a car to use during your recreational time and explore our city and surrounds.

Another option would be a taxi-service (Über), which previous volunteers have gladly used as well. You will require this App on your mobile phone in order to book them.

The St. Johannis Lifestyle Estate is approximately 20 Km away from the city centre and the different beaches.

A light supper is served to the residents at 17h00.

All activities are planned and executed by the volunteers.

Johanniter

Das Johanniter-Hilfswerk (Kapgruppe)

Johanniter-Hilfswerk in Cape Town forms part of the international Johanniter Orden, one of the four Protestant orders of St John. One of the local projects established by Johanniter-Hilfswerk is the Johanniter Dementia Care Unit at St Johannis Heim.

Johanniter International (JOIN) is the partnership of the four protestant Orders of St John and their national charities. Its member organisations, based in Europe and the Middle East, cooperate closely and are supported by more than 100 000 volunteers. They serve humanity with medical services and first aid, social care, international aid, disaster relief and youth work. The services of JOIN’s member organisations are open to everyone (Wikipedia).

Website: www.johanniter.de

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