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Douglasdale Retirement Village offers many facilities and activities to cater for most resident’s interests and requirements. These include the following:

Facilities

A 200 seat Hall. This facility is used for a number of activities listed below. It is also available for private use by residents subject to availability. Planning a big birthday or wedding anniversary celebration? Why not hold it here? Our kitchen operator will be happy to cater for your requirements. The facility includes full big screen audio and video facilities.

 

A dining room that serves breakfasts and midday meals. Meals may be ordered as take-aways for those who prefer to eat at home. For those with mobility problems the meals can be delivered to your home for a small fee.

 

Free tea and coffee is available during the day and a selection of tea time treats and cooldrinks are available to purchase. Other snacks are also available to purchase.  Frozen meals and certain everyday items are also available to purchase.

 

Come and entertain your guests on the outdoor deck overlooking one of the Village dams.

 

A library with an extensive range of books and magazines. The library gladly accepts donations of popular and up to date books.

 

A minibus service operates from the Lifestyle Center and visits nearby shopping centres.

 

A hair and beauty salon that caters for both ladies and gents.

 

Frail Care and Mid Care facilities.

  • A doctor’s consulting room. A doctor, physiotherapist and hearing aid specialist visit on a regular basis.
  • For those who do not want to do their own laundry, an on-site laundry service is available.

A morning market is held every Thursday morning with an extensive array of fresh fruit and vegetables and many other items are available to purchase. Residents can set up their own stalls to sell any home crafts.

 

Douglasdale Retirement Village has magnificent gardens, both private and communal. The annual garden extravaganza and family fun day is a popular event and has featured in Garden and Home. Private lawns are mowed as a service included in the levy. Gardeners are available from our garden service and can be hired on a two hourly basis, to assist in your private garden.

 

There are 3 dams on the property and these are located in a beautiful wooded riverine area. There are paved walkways along this riverine area that have created a wonderful walking area. This is a popular activity in the late afternoon where you can end up at a dam and watch the waterfowl settle for the evening and watch the sun go down. For the more energetic walkers, there are extended walking routes throughout the Village where you can get good walking exercise in a safe environment.

 

A heated swimming pool. (For the use of residents only).

 

An emergency generator provides power for all 3 apartment blocks (passages and lifts only) and all areas of the Service Centre and medical suites.

 

30,000 litres of potable (municipal) emergency water serving the kitchen, Frail Care and Mid Care sections. Other residents can fill their containers from this supply.

 

3 Boreholes have been installed with 60,000 litres of storage tanks – primarily for irrigation of common garden areas along the river. In an emergency and where the emergency potable water has been consumed, water from these boreholes will be made available to residents. This water is non-potable and as such should not be used as drinking or cooking water.

 

A free Wi-Fi Hotspot is available in the Lifestyle Centre.


Activities

Activities are arranged by a social committee or by residents themselves. These include:

A monthly “Celebration” is held on the last Saturday of every month in the Hall. Residents who celebrate a birthday in the month, are encouraged to bring their friends and family to this monthly event. Decorate your own table and enjoy an optional meal from the kitchen operator. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Music is provided (often by a live band) and dancing is a popular activity. This is a truly festive occasion.

 

Braais. Join the group that gathers around braai fires at the dam on a regular basis. This is popular activity in the late afternoon in summer.

 

An active group that meets on a Saturday morning and participates in various local Parkruns/walks.

 

Knitting club, fondly known as the Knitwits, on Tuesdays at 14:00 in the Hall. This is a very active group that supports several charities and organisations. A great social gathering where strangers become friends. Non knitters are welcome to come and just chat.

  • Table tennis on Mondays and Wednesdays at 15:30.
  • Water exercises on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during summer months at 11:00.
  • Visits to the Theatre at discounted rates. Please check with reception for further details.
  • Line dancing in the Hall. There are 2 groups that gather for this activity. One on a Monday at 14:00 (U3A) and the other on a Thursday at 18:00.
  • Church services in the Hall. Catholic service on Sundays at 09:00. Interdenominational service on Sundays at 10:00. Bible study on Wednesdays at 10:00.
  • Bridge on Mondays run by U3A at 09:30 in the Hall and Tuesdays at 19:00 in the Hall. This is a popular activity that includes participants from outside the Village.
  • Canasta, Rummicub and other card games on Wednesdays at 14:00 in the dining room.
  • Darts on Wednesdays at 16:30 in the Hall.
  • Gentlemen’s get together on a Wednesday evening in the Dining Room at 17:00. Bring your own drinks and snacks
  • There are informal social gatherings on Fridays and/or Saturdays from 17:30. These are often fairly spontaneous. Watch the noticeboards for details.
  • Movie nights on Mondays at 18:00 in the Hall. Watch the noticeboards for details.
  • Bingo and Quiz evenings. Watch the noticeboards for details.
  • Major sporting events are shown on a big screen in the Hall and residents are encouraged to come and support their teams, while enjoying the company of fellow residents. Watch the notice boards for details.