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Pandemic shines a light on Life Right Retirement Model

Longer lifespans and economic uncertainty, especially as a result of a weakened economy and the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, mean it’s more difficult to plan for retirement than ever before. Knowing this, retirees should think carefully about every decision they make, including how they go ...

Flexibility is key when considering retirement

While all our lives have been put on hold for at least a few months as a result of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, big decisions about our futures still have to be made, and this includes older people making choices about the way they will live in their retirement. Making the big &h...

Rand Aid: Care philosophy during COVID-19 and beyond

When Rand Aid Association was formed in 1903, it gave assistance to the destitute, the aged and to men left jobless by the Anglo-Boer War. In 1929, it again stepped up to support people hard hit by the global financial crisis and depression of 1929. Today, that ethos of caring remains firmly entr...

Loved ones ‘zoom’ in for 90th birthday party

Ron Smith Care Centre resident Shelagh Hawes celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by love and in the presence of her family, despite visitors not being allowed onto the Rand Aid property as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Sister Leanie Bessinger made sure her birthday on May 19 was a mem...

WhatsApp groups bring families together

Rand Aid’s caring staff members have made life a little brighter for residents of the Ron Smith Care Centre. WhatsApp groups have been started on each of the care centre’s wings to keep families updated about the well-being of their loved ones during the coronavirus lockdown when visitors are...

“Choosing the best place to care for an ageing loved one is a difficult and one of the most important decisions a c...

Important factors which were highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic regarding buying/investing in property  Get ready for the next phase of your life!! The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how we view our homes and the pros and cons of living in a large property vs. a smaller one.  ...

Preventing Covid-19 Infection in Care Homes: Is It Possible?

Covid-19 has been devastating in Care Homes in countries like Italy, the UK and the USA. The media has featured horror stories of Care Homes devastated by the virus, such as the one where the bodies of the deceased were left in their rooms while staff deserted the facility, overwhelmed by the sud...

Rand Aid unites in the face of adversity

Rand Aid Association’s staff and residents have shown their mettle during the national coronavirus lockdown by adapting and innovating to promote wellbeing. Apart from the mandated safety precautions that have been implemented across the 117-year-old NPO’s four independent-living retirement v...

Exercise circuit gets Elphin Lodge residents moving

A resident of Rand Aid’s Elphin Lodge retirement village is encouraging fellow residents to get up and moving during the coronavirus lockdown. With outdoor exercise now allowed before 9am, Nan Clarke, a South African Seniors Fitness Association instructor, has set up an exercise circuit for fel...

Care centre’s busy hands and open hearts

Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre launched its Hearts and Hands for the Homeless project during the coronavirus lockdown. The project gives residents something meaningful to occupy their time. The initiative has seen residents and staff uniting to turn plastic bags into yarn (plarn) which will b...