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How to stay healthy in COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that eight out of ten deaths from COVID-19 have been among adults age 65 and older. The increased risk is explained primarily due to the immune system changes that occur with age. And those suffering with a chronic illness also puts the...

Dementia expert’s comforting words for loved ones

Social worker and dementia expert Debbie Beech explained how emotionally charged the decision is to place a loved one in a care centre, when she took part in a panel discussion on aging on September 17, as part of eNCA’s health and science focus hosted by Uveka Rangappa. The programme was aired...

Contagions brought to book at Thornhill Manor

Thornhill Manor retirement village’s motto is ‘People Matter Here’ and with the coronavirus pandemic having restricted people’s social lives, the village had to find ways to safely enable residents to fill their days with enjoyable activities. “It is vitally important to ensure that our...

Snooker offers pockets of pleasure

Going on retirement after decades of purpose-filled days at the office can leave people feeling a little lost. That is why Rand Aid retirement village Thornhill Manor, situated in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, offers retirees a host of ways to keep themselves busy and challenged, including a recen...

How to help your ageing parents prepare for retirement

Few of us have had “the talk” – that discussion we should all have with our parents about where they want to live when they get older.  And what arrangements to be made – moving to a retirement village with healthcare and frailcare facilities or a nursing home – should ...

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...

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...

Ron Smith Care Centre pioneers personalised care

Whoops of joy rang out when Ron Smith Care Centre (RSCC) became the first organisation in Africa to achieve Milestone 2 on the Eden Alternative® Registry. Founded in America, the Eden Alternative is revolutionising the way in which elders are cared for. The core concept is about teaching us to s...

Care Workers are Superheroes

People with dementia have various daily challenges to overcome. They usually need someone to help them with various daily living tasks, as well as specialised memory care. Depending on the progression of the disease, they may need full-time care twenty-four hours per day. It usually requires a pe...