Marian Villa Retirement Village is a non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa, that cares for 132 senior residents. They are at the centre of all we do.

Our residents say it much better than we ever could when they say it is like moving house (home) but not like moving into an “Old Age” Home. Rather they become part of a caring and compassionate community with their families always being welcome for tea, a meal or to stay over in our Guest Room situated on the property.

Our two-hectare estate has a parklike atmosphere, with colourful gardens and extensive lawns. It is securely fenced and the gate is manned at all times.

The historic Marian Villa homestead contains our offices, meeting rooms, lounge and dining room, a chapel and centre where our residents get together from time to time. The estate is also home to our cottages, midcare and frail care facilities, as well as our laundry and workshop.

Our residents spend time outdoors, some in contemplation, some feeding the birds, gardening or relaxing and passing the time of day with friends or family. When indoors there are many things to enjoy as part of a group or on one’s own, including bible study, crafts, exercise classes - even making jigsaws. They are spoilt for choice! We have a “Can Do” approach. Our residents can do as much as they can for as long as they are able.

While they are capable of doing so, our seniors care for themselves but should there come a time when they need a helping hand we are ready to provide whatever is needed. Many residents look out for one another by sharing a joke, providing companionship or enjoying a cup of tea together. We are committed to maintaining a happy, relaxed and caring environment for all.

Residents don’t give up everything on arrival, just the responsibilities which come with having to maintain your own home. It may be that just for a short time a resident must move to the respite room as part of the journey to recovery, or it may be that a resident becomes frail and needs ongoing care in our frail-care facility.