Retirement Home in the Eastern Cape
Huis Tarkastad Home is a retirement home in Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape with a history starting from 1976. Housing is provided in the main building as well as garden cottages. The closest regional centres are Queenstown (68km) and Cradock (73km), with the closest major centres being East London (223km) and Port Elizabeth (270km).
Retirement Home Community
Huis Tarkastad Home has a variety of residents – some younger than others and some more able than others. Taking part in community activities is encouraged, with many social facilities and activities conveniently located in and around Tarkastad.
Retirement Home Facilities
A direct audio link is available from the Dutch Reformed Church. Other religious organizations are active in Tarkastad, such as the Presbyterian Church, the Gateway Community Church and various others.
Ryan’s Supermarket delivers to the retirement home twice daily during the week and once a day on Saturdays.
Other attractions and facilities include bowling, squash, a book club, a garden club, fly-fishing, hunting, game reserves, historical sites and rock art, among others.
Retirement Home Medical Care
Medical care is provided by full-time registered nurses, and extended by on-site visits from medical doctors when needed. Martje Venter Provincial Aided Hospital provides emergency and out-patient care to patients. Regional care is available from Cradock District Hospital in Cradock, or Frontier Hospital in Queenstown.
Tarkastad Climate and Geology
Tarkastad is situated on a plain to the north of the Winterberg mountain range. The town is surrounded by mountains and hills which are often covered in snow during winter.
About 80% of Tarkastad’s up to 600mm of rain per year falls in summer. Dry spells are frequent. Temperatures average a high of 22°C and a low of 9°C, with summer daytime temperatures often above 30°C and winter daytime temperatures seldom below 10°C.