GERATEC‘s dream is to transform and re-model long term care in South Africa. To support this transformation, we embrace the Eden Alternative philosophy for creating person-centred communities. Our vision is “excellence in person-centred care”. What this means in practice is creating the freedom in which older people can live in a home-like environment and make their own decisions. Through this approach, we encourage the continuation of a person’s growth, rather than manage their decline.
GERATEC’s values of integrity, respect, compassion and innovation underpin all aspects of our business. We are passionate about continually raising the bar in terms of quality of service, meeting the needs of the individual, and moving away from medically-nursing those in long-term care. Instead we focus on real care – encouraging residents’ independence, supporting their choices, and acting on the things that are important to them. We encourage them to participate in decision making and truly listen when they speak. We do this because we respect them as people.
As a result, all of our services – caring, catering, housekeeping, staff development & training, and management consulting, are guided by the holistic and person-centred principles of the Eden Alternative.
Apart from benefiting the residents immeasurably, the advantages extend to the owners, managers and staff of care homes. The focus on developing staff is, as with the residents, holistic and person-centred. Happy managers together with happy staff in a place where everyone is passionate about their work can only make for a happier world – however big or small that may be for someone.
Founder & Managing Director