At Ron Smith Care Centre, situated on the grounds of Elphin Lodge, the emphasis is on individualised care – we see the person, not the patient.
Run by the well-established Rand Aid Association, Ron Smith Care Centre pioneered person-centred care by becoming the first organisation in Africa to achieve Milestone 2 on the Eden Alternative® Registry, in April 2020. Founded in America by a Harvard-educated physician, the Eden Alternative is revolutionising how elders are cared for. The core concept is about teaching us to see places where elders live as habitats for human beings rather than facilities for the frail and elderly. Eden Alternative thus sees ageing as a continued stage of development and growth and not as a period of decline.
The Eden Alternative initiative ensures that we bring the highest level of care and well-being to our residents and take into account their holistic well-being, not just their physical care.
One of the care centre’s wings, River Lodge 3, is dedicated to the care of persons living with severe memory loss and who need special care and protection, with full-time nursing care. River Lodge 3 is pleasantly decorated and provides a social space as well as room for dining and recreation. Stimulating activities, according to residents’ abilities, are provided daily under the guidance of a full-time occupational therapist. These activities include arts and crafts, sensory stimulation and music therapy.
Nursing staff have participated in training courses presented by Alzheimer’s South Africa and are well qualified to take care of this very vulnerable group.
All of our personal care services, such as hairdressing, beauty treatments and manicures, are available for residents with memory loss as it is important to maintain their dignity despite their impairments. Families are also welcome to use any of our facilities, such as the lapas and coffee shop, to spend time with their loved ones or to celebrate special occasions.
We also offer a professional support group service to families as we recognise how difficult it is to cope with the memory loss of a loved spouse or parent.
Rates include full board and lodging, laundry, recreational and/or occupational therapy services, 24-hour nursing care, and a doctor on call for routine consultations.
Ron Smith Care Centre is conveniently located just off the N3, close to the Greenstone Shopping Centre and Linksfield Hospital. 24-hour security includes access control, patrolling personnel and electrified fencing with CCTV monitoring perimeter cameras.