The emphasis at Amberfield is for residents to enjoy their retirement the way they want to. There are a number of social and other activities but there is no pressure and one only joins in if that is what you want to do.
Organised by a Social Committee these in house activities include:
- Exercise classes (a small fee is payable)
- Film shows
- Musical evenings
- A choir and repertory group
- Library facilities
- Bridge club
- Sewing circle
- Guest speakers on interesting topics
- Regular Quiz evening’s in the Main Lounge
- Weekly courtesy bus to the huge Midlands Mall shopping and cinema complex (20 minutes away)
- Hairdressing salon
- Snooker room
- Arts and crafts activities & exhibitions
- Bible Study groups
- Weekly church services given by various denominations
Frequently trips in conjunction with tour agencies are facilitated that allow residents the opportunity to visit places of interest such as the Boer War Battlefields Sites, Sani Pass, or even as far as Victoria Falls, Botswana or the West Coast Wild Flowers.
At Amberfield we have a 46 bed Frail Care unit with single and double rooms. It is staffed with highly qualified people and, although it is not a hospital, it can cater for the basic long term medical needs of our residents.
One can also make use of trained caregivers supplied by various organizations for overnight or daily care of dependant people in their own homes.
Furthermore residents have weekly access to an in house clinic where they can receive blood pressure checks, diabetes checks and similar simple medical procedures.
More recently we have introduced our AmberCare packages where residents can have their laundry done, lunch meals provided, house cleaning & assistance with tasks such as bathing etc for an extra monthly cost.
Should a resident have a more serious medical condition there is a private hospital 2 kms from Amberfield. This facility is fully equipped, including an x-ray section and an operating theatre. The hospital complex includes local doctors/specialists and is also serviced by visiting specialists from Pietermaritzburg.
Many dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other medical related professionals are also based in Howick.
The Amberfield Care Centre is registered with the Department of Social Welfare and Population Development. The Certificate is for a Home for the Aged. (Cert. No. 10/2/3/1/26) to accommodate 40 Residents.
The Amberfield Care Centre is managed and operates in full compliance of the statutory requirements detailed in the Older Persons Act 2006 (Act 13 of 2006).
On the business side, Howick is well served. All the major banks have established branches here. Regarding shopping we have:
- Pick ‘n Pay
- Woolworths food
- Mr Price
Plus of course a host of small speciality shops.
Religious, social and sporting facilities are also excellent and within 5 kms of Amberfield . There are:
- Churches of most denominations
- Two golf courses
- Two bowling clubs
- Tennis club
- Boating and fishing on Midmar Dam
- The uMngeni Nature Reserve
- Fully equipped gyms
A bit further afield one can enjoy polo at the Karkloof Country Club and fly fishing at various locations.
Howick is on the well known Midlands Meander and the area is very well served with restaurants, B&B’s and tourist related attractions.
Liberty Midlands Mall also provides a bus every Monday to transport our residents down to the mall for a morning of shopping (free of charge).