19 Sherwood Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708


“Thank you very much for all the loving care you bestowed on RS. We were truly blessed to have her in Sherwood House” - A, R, S, & ES

“This is a small token of M and my appreciation for everything that you did for our mother. Everyone concerned was so kind and caring and went far beyond their call of duty” - BS

“Dear Mrs McLachlan. “Thank you and your staff for all the love and care which B. received during her stay at Sherwood House” - T B

“Dear Brenda and everyone who cared for my Dad and thank you for the T.L.C. and kindness given to him” - AM

General Info

Finding the right nursing home

Choosing a quality Nursing Home for yourself or a family member can be difficult. Here are some observations of what to look for, to find out what separates an excellent nursing home from an ordinary one.

Read the following check list

The best nursing homes, offer a full array of nursing and personal assistance, dietary, therapeutic, social and recreational services. Meals, laundry, housekeeping and medical services should be provided.

Look for the following when choosing a nursing home:


  • Ask to read or view letters written and testimonials from family members and professionals


  • A qualified administrator
  • Proper Experience and Training with Continuing Professional Education (CPE)>


A location that suits the residents and makes it convenient for regular visits by family and friends.


  • Safety features such as handrails in hallways, grab bars in bathrooms and other features aimed at preventing accidents.
  • Clearly marked and unobstructed paths to the exits.
  • Communication systems, like intercoms to the nurse’s station.
  • All nursing homes must comply with fire safety regulations, such as smoke detection and alarm systems.
  • Bedrooms that open onto a corridor and have windows, as required by law.
  • A lawn and garden area for residents to get fresh air and a policy that encourages residents to go outside.
  • Connections making it possible to have a private telephone and TV.
  • One or more activity areas or designated areas for residents who are able to get involved in reading, TV and social activities.
  • No heavy odours, whether pleasant or offensive, a good home will not use highly scented sprays to mask odours.
  • Hallways wide enough to permit wheelchairs to pass with ease and wheelchair ramps for access into and out of the home.
  • Kitchens that are well managed, with planned menus, separate food preparation, garbage and keep perishable foods refrigerated.
  • An attractive resident dining room with tables convenient for wheelchairs and meals that look appetising and are nutritious.
  • Toilet facilities to accommodate wheelchair residents.


This is an important factor – one needs to get the ‘feel’ of the home. One must consider language, religion and socio-economic background, all of which play an important part in the changed style of living. There is no place like one’s own place in friendly familiar surroundings, with an accustomed routine.

With careful care and planning, concern for safety and well being which should involve much communication to create choice and self-determination. Support and trust are essential elements in the process, which should be viewed and embraced positively and optimistically.


  • Access to doctors and medical facilities for any emergencies.
  • Skilled and qualified members of staff.
  • A friendly and available staff that is pleasant, caring and accommodating to residents and visitors.
  • The residents, who are well groomed and dressed appropriately for a full day of activity and social interaction, will reflect the quality of the personnel.
  • The management will be able to give information and advice on access to professional services. Medical care, Occupational Therapy, Financial and Legal Advice. Tax information, e.g. fees are allowable as a deduction against income tax, up to a certain amount.

Commitment to the residents

  • A philosophy of care.
  • An active interaction between residents, personnel and family members.
  • A culture of respect for the residents.