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Accommodation and Application Form at Highlands House
Pasvolsky Special Care Unit
Susman Lifestyle Centre
Marcus Gallery
Dining Room and Kosher Catering
Coffee Shop and Tea Room
Highlands House Synagogue
Gardens and Surrounds
Reception and Front Lounge Area
Salon Sylvia
Mauerberger Foundation Fund Wellness Centre and Care Facilities
Highlands House Gives Back
Lounge and Relaxation Spaces
Samson Health Care Centre
My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
~Henry Youngman


Revamp of our Coffee Shop
R600 000
R50 000

We are entering a new era and its time for our coffee shop to be upgraded. We're making good progress to making funds available but we're not quite there yet. Help us get there!

Resident Profiles

Eva Wolowitz




"To be a volunteer is the torah way, the Jewish way. It's about being kind, helping and giving to others." Eva Wolowitz

Eva spends most mornings volunteering in the West Wing of Highlands House. Her skills as a trained psychiatric nurse and her emphatic nature have been an asset to the House for many years.  Eva was orphaned as a young child and was brought up in the Arcadia Jewish Orphanage in Johannesburg. She ...

Mary Atlas


'Life is a big adjustment

The past is history

Today is a gift

Though tomorrow is a mystery,

So we live day by day

And make the very best

With good health

May we all be blessed.'

Section of poem called Highlands House written by Mary Atlas.


Mary Atlas calls herself a Rhymologist and in her room you will find a treasure trove of poems, written during her 100 years. She has been writing these poems si ...

Olga Fuchs

Olga Fuchs has been at Highlands House since August 2013 and resides in the Special Care Unit. Olga is a lovely soft spoken woman with brilliant blue eyes. When speaking to her about her move to Highlands House she beamed and mentioned that it has been a wonderful four months. Having lived with her sister, it was a change to be surrounded by so many people but she has taken to the environment and enjoys it. She finds it a friendly, caring and safe space for her t ...

Monty Teperson




Monty Teperson is 91 years old and  has been at Highlands House for nine years. An adventurous man, Monty spent many years in the Merchant Navy, travelling to places such as Sierra Leone, South America and Northern Europe. However, Monty is known for his skills as a portrait artist and many a resident, staff member or visitors has asked him to draw pictures of loved ones for them.


Joan Koppel

Resident and Volunteer

Joan Koppel has been at Highlands House since 2002 and is our resident librarian.

Esther Bloch

 Resident and Volunteer


Enjoying the new Susman Lifestyle Centre


Looking back over the last six and a half years when I first arrived at

Highlands House, I feel privileged and extremely grateful that I decided

to come here. The changes since I came here have been

wonderful. The third floor was completely changed into The Susman

Lifestyle Centre. The achievement was fantastic as daily activities

are held here, ranging from exercises ...

Esther Grande

Resident and Volunteer

Esther Grande has been at Highlands House since 2009 and has just celebrated her 90th Birthday.

Helga Green

Being Thankful…

"Happy" that's how I feel since I arrived at Highlands House one year ago today. One year later and I am still happy, even my high blood pressure became normal, naturally why shouldn't I be happy in a beautiful home opposite Table Mountain. I'm being looked after very well as I receive three meals a day, a beautiful clean room and friendly caregivers help me when needed. There is all various entertainment in the beautiful Susman Lifestyle Centre run so nicely by Lesley, a young caring helper who shows us films, music shows, s ...

Rhoda Gordon

New resident finds a new hobby in caring for our hothouse.

After a decision was made to move to Highlands House, our daughter wanted to see where we would be making our new home and came from Israel to visit. We showed her around the home and took her to the room into which we would be moving. She was most impressed with the surroundings and she returned to Israel very happy knowing that her parents would be well looked after.

Shortly after moving in I suddenly found myself looking after the hothouse. We grow a few ...

Jennifer Burnet - Resident and Reception Relief

Jennifer Burnett has been at Highlands House for almost 3 years. When asked about her time at Highlands she expressed that it has been a very rewarding time. " I enjoy helping the residents, no matter how minor the task is. It brings me into contact with just about everyone. It gives me great pleasure to give back to the Home as they have done so much for me. I also cannot believe how many social activities the residents have to do and more and more residents are taking on voluntary positions to help run these activities".

Resident and Salon Sylvia Volunteer

Sylvia Walters is 90 years old. If you asked Sylvia about her age she would say that she feels 30 in a 90 year old body. She is always positive with a smile on her face. Born in Johannesburg, she moved from town to town due to the fact that her father, a hotelier, was asked to work on numerous hotels around South Africa. She went to seven different schools and spoke Afrikaans as her home language.


Staff Profiles

Colleen Jansen - Care Manager, Pasvolsky SCU


Colleen Jansen did not think that her career path would lead her to Highlands House. As a young woman she had thought that she may become a secretary or dental assistant, but fate brought her here and she has never looked back and has been at the House for almost twenty. From the beginning she connected with the residents and found that she had skills in care management. 

Due to the fact that she had no prior education in nursing, Highlands Ho ...

Barbara Friedman - PA to the Directors

Barbara Friedman has been at Highlands House for 11 years. She is  passionate about old people and the home.  When asking her about her job she answered,

" I love working with the aged and I love the physical environment in which I work, i.e. the beautiful surroundings and the easiness ...

Naomi Meyer - Snr Occupational Therapist

Naomi Margaret Ruth Meyer is the Senior Occupational Therapist at Highlands House.  She joined the interdisciplinary team in 2009 and discovered a passion for working with the elderly.  Ms Meyer graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007.  After completing her studies, her community service year was spent at Alexander Hospital in Maitland working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Ms Meyer manages the Highlands House Occupational Therapy Departmen ...

Lesley-Ann Engel - Social Co-ordinator

Lesley-Ann joined Highlands House in July as the new Social Activities Coordinator in the Susman Lifestyle Centre at Highlands House. Almost four months in and she is a favourite in the Home. Our residents love her engaging personality and empathetic nature. And it shows. When asked how she is finding the job, she beamed and answered that she absolutely loves working with the elderly. Lesley-Ann's main role and function is to plan and co-ordinate the daily social activities for the residents and if one looks at our Facebook Page you will be able to se ...

Robyn Black - interRai Coordinator and OT

Robyn Black is an Occupational Therapist coordinating and facilitating an exciting pilot project at Highlands House.

A Herzlia matriculant, Robyn qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002.

Upon completing her community service year, Robyn moved to London where she developed her skills in 'Elderly Care' and 'Acute Medicine (adults)' in the hospital-based setting.

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Maria Jonathan - Reception

Maria Jonathan has been at Highlands House for almost 20 years and is the first person you will meet when entering the Home.

Anisha Icharam

Anisha joined the Highlands House team as the new Occupational Therapist in November 2013. She was born and raised in Cape Town and when she finished her degree at the University of Cape Town she worked in the Government sector for two years, in a general OT capacity. This was followed by three years at a busy private practice, based at Vincent Pallotti Hospital and Constantiaberg Medi Clinic. Here she gained much experience as a physical rehabilitation OT and soon discovered a great love for worki ...