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The boomer generation and blurring down

Generational theory simply confirms how people were influenced by the major events and circumstances of their time. Attitudes derived from experiences of war, economics, employment and changing social realities. In addition, future generations bench-marked themselves against their parents, adopti...

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...

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...

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...

Coping with the Loss of a Spouse

“When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors. I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable …

Matching Lifestyle to Life Stage

People are living and working for far longer than ever before. As a result, fewer people choose to grow old in the family home. They opt to reduce the burden on children or other relatives and remove the household-related admin and maintenance in favour of continuing to work while living in a ret...

What are your care options after a hospital stay?

Immediately after surgery or a major medical incident such as a heart attack or stroke, hospital care is often needed. But, as soon as is possible, patients are sent home, largely due to costs. Charges can be really high – especially if you needed intensive care. This comes in at about R13 0...