Quality of life for the frail and indigent aged

Issy Geshen provides all the services needed to offer quality of life to our frail and indigent elderly residents. The home currently experiences a shortfall of R2450 per month per resident.

What happens if we become too frail to take care of ourselves?

Our only hope is that someone, somewhere, will care enough to look after us!

The founder of our organisation, Issy Geshen, a well-known Durban businessman of the 1950-70s was such a person. We hope you are too.

Today, 68 senior citizens are sheltered in Issy Geshen Lamont Home in Lamontville. At least half are over 75 years old and frail. This is their only home.

But despite the inspiring generosity of Mr Geshen and our wonderful sponsors, runaway inflation and tiny state pensions that haven’t kept pace with the cost of living, means that times are tough.

There’s just not enough money to provide for everything our old people need. Right now we’re desperate for “seniors’ essentials”.  Will you help us by making your donation right now?

We urgently need wheelchairs to take residents to hospital appointments. Without wheelchairs, old folk are ‘trapped’ in the home. We can’t take them for outings either and that would give them so much pleasure.

They cost about R2000 each and we need a minimum of 5, more if possible.

Consumables are a big budget item every month. We need ladies’ tights (large sizes), men’s and women’s toiletries, disposable adult nappies, aprons and latex gloves, to name but a few of the items we go through in huge quantities every month!

We believe in treating our people with dignity and respect, and giving them a sense of pride and self-worth. But how can we do that if we can barely provide them with the essentials for basic hygiene and cleanliness?

It’s International Week of Older Persons, until 2 October. Could there be a better time to show you care about our old folk than by making your donation here, right now.

The cost per resident is

Funded by 100% of the resident’s government pension

and (average)  government subsidy

Shortfall per resident per month

R6810 per month




How we’re funded:

Our annual budget for 2017 is about R5.5 million.

If not for the kindness and generosity of business, groups and individuals, we’d never be able to meet our budget deficit of
R1.8 / R2  million every year.

The challenge we are facing right now is that the shortfall increases every year because the cost of living – certainly the items we spend money on – increases by a higher percentage than the amount by which the government increases pensions and subsidies.  So it’s becoming ever more difficult, almost impossible now, to meet this shortfall.  Can you help? Your kindness will give our old people security into the future.  The alternative is unthinkable!

You can give safely and securely online, right now, simply click here. [link to ‘how you can help’ page] Your gift will reach us immediately.  We’d be very grateful!

If you’d prefer to make your donation by electronic funds transfer or direct deposit into our bank account, our bank account details appear below. Please be sure to use your phone number are the reference so that we can thank you for your kindness.


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