Berea Gardens Retirement Foundation
Accommodation is offered both on a rental basis and on a unique life-right endowment scheme. Sub-economic accommodation is available on a rental basis only in our Berea Gardens Residence and is limited to residents of Buffalo City.
The Foundation has assisted-living and frail care facilities at its Lily Kirchmann Complex in the heart of the main campus in Berea. Limited assisted-living facilities are also available at the Stirling Lodge Complex. Residents of the Foundations complexes have priority admission into its assisted-living and frail care facilities.
The Service Centre has been called the heart of Berea Gardens and provides a wide variety of services, hobbies, activities and outreach opportunities to its members.
The Foundation is self-funding aside from a limited government subsidy to the Service Centre. Many retirees are outliving their retirement funds and the creeping poverty associated with this, together with inflation and the high cost of medical care, are major challenges facing the Foundation. The provision of more subsidised accommodation will become imperative in the future, but the reality is that it will not happen without significant donor funding.
Berea Gardens Residence is a 3 story complex comprising 203 single and double flats, all of which are rented to limited-income pensioners. Rentals are determined as a percentage of the income of residents, subject to maximum amounts. Because of this, social pensioners earning only the government pension are able to be accommodated in a pleasant, secure environment. Social pensioners are further cared for through being able to access subsidised meals in the adjacent Service Centre.