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Rand Aid team embark on journey of growth

Rand Aid staff embarked on a two-day journey of growth in June when they participated in a training workshop on how to implement and manage change in the complex world of caring for elders.  Staff representing management, nursing services, social work, recreation and occupational therapy, ho...

How do you downsize for retirement?

When it comes to retirement, one of the most dreaded phases is that of downsizing. Instead of spending time planning on living a stress-free life, retirees often struggle to cope with the decision to sell a home they have spent a lifetime in. But that does not have to be the case. Downsizing can ...

Rand Aid to build new lifestyle village

Rand Aid Association, through its development arm, the RA Welfare Development Trust, has acquired a magnificent 81 000m² piece of land at Glendower Golf Club for the development of a 120-unit secure lifestyle retirement village. The Glendower property is in close proximity to Dowerglen, Dun...

Retiring socially

When planning for retirement, our main focus is usually a financial one. And rightly so. But, beyond the funds required to live out one’s golden years, there is also the matter of what a person is actually going to do during retirement. Too often, the social aspects of retirement are only addre...

Rand Aid’s community care philosophy: Person-centred care

Happy, healthy and well-balanced residents who live full, productive and meaningful lives is at the heart of Rand Aid Association’s approach to the care of elder persons. The non-profit organisation runs four retirement villages and two care centres in and around Lyndhurst and Modderfontein and...

Putting the care back in frail care

Healthcare issues loom large in later years when illnesses linger and can result in loss of control over daily living. At these times, families have the daunting task of choosing a frail care facility that will take care of their loved ones with the same love and compassion as they would have if ...

How the human touch permeates a retirement village

Typically, when people think about retirement, thoughts turn to an old-age home with unfriendly staff, poor quality meals, and hospital-like conditions run to military precision. And yet, the truth could not be further from this stereotype. Retirement living has become big business, especially th...

Ron Smith Care Centre leads the way

Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre remains an Eden Alternative pioneer in South Africa, two-and-a-half years after becoming the first organisation in Gauteng to become a member of the Eden Alternative South Africa registry. Founded in America, the Eden Alternative is revolutionising the way in wh...

Rand Aid’s Eden Alternative journey of transformation

While Ron Smith Care Centre is pioneering Rand Aid Association’s Eden Alternative journey, another care centre and four retirement villages run by the NPO are also working to achieve Eden Alternative registration. The American-founded organisation aims to change the culture of long-term care or...

Choosing a retirement village

Retirement Villages or Lifestyle Estates, as they are now being called, are popping up like (Barberton) daisies throughout South Africa – all with promises of enjoying the best years of your life in surroundings brimming with all the bells and whistles. But just what is a lifestyle estate suppo...