Old Age Homes for SASSA Pensioners

Old Age Homes for SASSA Pensioners

In South Africa, every elderly person has the right to a pension, and old age homes are also available to senior citizens. Old age homes are institutions where older people get residence and assistance for extra care for their frail state. There you are ensured that your comfort and care are guaranteed.

Old Age Homes for SASSA Pensioners

All about Old Age Home

Everything you want to know about Old Age Home for SASSA Pensioners is described below:

How to apply for an older person’s residential facility?

You can apply through any nearest department of social development or social workers’ office. You can also get help from Sassa officials if you do not know anything about how to apply for an older person’s home. Without your permission, no one can admit you forcefully to the residential facility without your consent unless your medical report proves you unfit or the court orders you to be admitted to a residential facility. You can apply for the residential facility by filling out the application form. You can apply for an older person residential facility, if;

  • You must be 60 years or older.
  • You must be a South African citizen.
  • Full-time attendance is required.
  • You must receive the old age pension or fund.

Note: You will also go through the Screening and verification process if you are eligible for an application and a subsidy.

Document Required for Application:

The documents needed for the application of Choosing the Right Old Age Home for the Elderly are:

Document Required for Application:

You only have to submit:

  • ID documents (that proves you a South African Citizen).
  • The report issued about a medical condition.

Where you can apply?

You can apply through any residential facility or the nearest office of the Social Development Department. If you are too old or sick and are unable to visit the office, then your family members, friends, or relatives can also apply on your behalf. After applying, you will receive a stamped receipt. you have to keep it safe as it is the proof of your application. In order to get information about your current living conditions, the social workers also arrange a home visit. So, they can get to know about your living situation.

After submission of the application, you will be informed whether your application is rejected or approved. If your application is rejected then there is also mentioned reason for rejection in writing. You also have the right to object to the reason through an appeal to the Minister of Social Development.

Considerations for choosing an old age home

One of the most important tasks for you is to select the most suitable old-age home for you. Your choice of home ensures your comfort and guaranteed care as it all depends upon your need. When finding a good old age home, amongst other factors, you should keep in mind the following things:

  • Quality of accommodation.
  • Meal and dietary schedule that suits you.
  • Amenities that you can easily access (like wheelchairs or walkers to move around etc).
  • Trained Medical staff consideration and medical care facilities that you can avail.
  • A place that suits you (city or outside the city that contains nature).
Old age homes for Sassa pensioners
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Benefits of Old age homes:

The old age homes are the best options when you think about “How best to deal with the problems of getting older?“. Everyone has to face old age for once in life and old age homes are places where you can live with the highest standards of care even when you grow old. Here are some of the reasons which compel everyone to consider old age homes an excellent choice for elderly persons.

  • Assist with Day-to-Day Living: Staff is always on hand to help with dressing, bathing, eating, drinking, and even putting an eye on following daily routine activities.
  • Safety: staff is there for safety and security at all times, especially for those who have memory problems and may forget to lock doors and windows, etc. They even protect elders from fraudsters and victims of violent crime.
  • Social Engagement: Loneliness is the scourge of old age but staff always engage people with their peers, sharing life experiences, social activities, and outings to keep them active and mentally stimulated.
  • Regular Meal Times: The staff is responsible for providing a selection of healthy and nutritious meals at regular intervals in the day, especially for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
  • Housekeeping Services: The older person’s laundry and keeping the house clean and up to date are also staff responsibilities.
  • Relieving the Strain on Family Members: it is also relieving for family members to know that your loved one is safe and well looked after.
  • Specialized Healthcare: Older people get assistance through trained and experienced nursing home staff in case of poor health conditions.
  • Access to Resources: Staff is always on hand to offer help and assistance with phone calls or sending emails.


The processing of your application will be started within 14 days and a decision has to be made within 30 days, of your submission of the application.

The old age homes are private or government-owned organizations registered with social development, these are considered homes for elderly people. In these homes, services are provided to the elderly people for their ease in daily life and medical care.

There are nearly an estimated 1,150 residential facilities for older people. out of which only 415 are registered with the Department of Social Development and eight are owned and managed by the government.

The frail care center is for people who are unable to perform their daily routine household activities like dressing, eating, etc. This is because of many reasons like sick, aging, physical or mental disability, etc.

For frail care or rehabilitation services, you can use your health insurance but for a short period of time.

Final thoughts:

When people decide to send their loved one to old age homes it is because they no longer help them with the necessary care and attention that they require in their daily life. This could be because of their health conditions as old-age homes provide more hands-on care and facilities. Especially for people who need special medical attention, significant dedicated time, and care, considering old homes are the best option for them.

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  1. Looking for an old age home for a 65 year old who had two strokes short after each other in the past 3 months. His thinking is not as before and sometimes struggle to remember. He is living with family but there is no one during the day to assist him. He receives sassa but also cannot remember his pin and puts a lot of strain on his brain. He had a heart attack in 2019. And currently using medication but dude to lack of supervision he does not take his medication properly.
    From Ravensmead and I need to know which old age homes can I approach.

  2. I’m looking for a home for myself.

    I am 68 years of age and have no physical or mental disabilities.

    I would welcome anybody’s advice or to point me in the right direction. Anywhere in the Durban area or surrounding areas inland, south coast or north coast would be suitable.

    I am on a SASSA grant for old age pensioners.

    Thank you kindly

  3. Good morning,
    We are looking for a place for my mommy, her one leg was sadly amputated last year hence she will need assisted living.
    She receives SASSA and we can also contribute within reason towards a safe happy place.
    Kindly advise.
    God Bless

  4. Good mirning, i am looking for place for me and my husband. We are 70 and 69. We inly get Sassa pension. I am still healty, my husband is ill but i am helping him day and night.
    We will be greatfull if we can be helped, if possible in Krugersdorp area.
    Kind regards.

  5. PLEASE assist me I’m need for Sassa pension old age accommodation.PLEASE reply I’m desperate Thank you
    I’m 62yrs old date of birth 17November 1961

  6. Good day. I would like to apply for old age home anywhere. Heart attack 3 years ago. Arthritis. Permanent back pain. Fell twice. Whole face swollen for 6 weeks and stitches in chin. Not talking and eating properly. Live with sister. She is also not well. Need to take burden off her. Thank you. Linda Ludick

  7. I love in strand,in the western cape,I’m from port Elizabeth,I would love to go back,how to I apply from strand for the government old age homes in port Elizabeth please.im 64.

  8. Looking for a SASSA old age home for a couple – 81 and 87 years old. Can function 50% on their own but need some assistance. Pretoria Moot area preferably.

  9. I would like to know where these old age homes are located and the cost structure. Is there a waiting list? How many months waiting? Is there a reservation fee? How much? I am 71, my wife who had epilepsy is 69. We have no children or surviving family.

  10. I would like to know how to get into a sassa retirement place…I have applied at some places but would like to know if there are more in the southern suburbs. I am able to look after myself.

  11. I need accommodation in or around the Pretoria CBD as I need to travel by foot to Steve Biko OPD. I am male, 63 years old and receive SASSA pension. Current accommodation is up for sale.

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