When considering relocation, one obviously must take into consideration expenses and when we compared what the cost of the monthly levy for Fernbridge was against what we were paying for our home, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the levy was approximately 40% less.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay so far which is made possible by the excellent caring, efficient and friendly staff from the manager to the domestic staff. The complex provides wonderful facilities which are well maintained and when it comes to maintenance in our apartment, we are spoilt down to a simple task like replacing a light bulb. I recently had a medical emergency and was impressed with the efficient and professional way the emergency facility was activated and with the assistance provided by Glenda to the paramedics to facilitate my admission to hospital.
There are an interesting variety of activities for all in the complex which are not always taken advantage of. The residents in the complex are all very friendly and while we are still getting to know many of them, you are made to feel as being part of the community. There is an active representative committee looking after the interests of all residents who are kept informed of all issues affecting them. Covid has had the effect of limiting interaction between residents but hopefully things will improve so that there is more socialising.
Our overall experience of living at Fernbridge has been most fulfilling and exceeded our expectations and we look forward to spending the rest of our time here.
My first challenge was ‘isolation’. Covid restrictions required that I isolate for 10 days and this was one of the most difficult tasks.
After isolation I was befriended by one of the committee members for 2 weeks. She kindly schooled me into daily routine and Fairmead rules.
I have joined the knitting club which consists of 12 ladies. I always look forward to our Monday gatherings. I have also tried my hand of Rummi-kub but a ‘newby’ cannot outdo the experts.
We go on monthly outings and have been to the West Coast Reserve, Houtbay and Blaauwberg. Thanks to our skilful driver for transporting us.
From my room I have an amazing view of the mountain with UCT below. A picturesque sight. In our grounds is a most beautiful garden with various shrubs and plants. The rose garden outdoing them all. In the pond close by are some koi. I enjoy walking in this area daily.
After 6 months at Fairmead I have settled in well. Thanks to all who made this possible.
After the removers’ departure, assistance was available to solve any problems (in my case, computer and TV problems) I had or to lend a hand with moving heavy items, etc.
Fernbridge is a well-run establishment with friendly, helpful, hardworking staff that go the extra mile not only to be of assistance, but keeping everything spotless. It feels as if one is coming home when you enter the building.
I could not have chosen a better place than Fernbridge to spend my latter years.
The convenience of being close to several shopping preferences makes for easy living, including on site CPOA transport to assist residents a couple of times during the week when shopping is necessary. Nearby Vitacare Pharmacy takes care of most of the residents’ medical requirements.
From my sunny room I can enjoy looking onto our beautiful garden below, including an amazing view of UCT and Table Mountain. I am very happy to be here and know that Fairmead is perfect for me.
I’m here because I was no longer well enough to care for myself and have come to appreciate all the care and attention I am receiving.
My blood pressure taken daily, my medication provided weekly and my meals brought to my room when I don’t feel well enough to go to the dining room. Also to have my laundry done weekly.
I have found the staff always to be helpful and pleasant.