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World Alzheimer’s Day: 21 September

The difference between normal ageing and dementia Two in three people think that dementia is linked to normal ageing when, in fact, it is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that interferes with a person’s ability to function and do everyday activities. Dementia expert Debbie Beech – who once...

Housekeeping teams dedicated to RSCC

Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre (RSCC) is rewarding its housekeeping employees for going above and beyond the call of duty! “RSCC housekeeper Portia Ngobeni initiated the idea of implementing a Housekeeping Team of the Month award, to honour our housekeeping employees for their hard work and...

Sub-acute care: A fundamental step into patient recovery

Acute vs. sub-acute care Acute care and sub-acute care are different medical terms used to describe either the duration, and or severity of an episode or the progress in continuum of care from one phase to another during the health journey. Acute care is often a shorter-term, often more severe an...

New Life Community Services: 8 months Covid free record

When the reality of COVID 19 hit, few knew how to react, much less respond. Now as one reflects back on 2020 it has become the year that changed society, and how we go about our daily lives. This new normal has not come easy, especially for the frail and high risk among us. Yet …

Why excellent healthcare matters as you age – By Evergreen Health Managing Director, Elize Porter

No one can predict with certainty what the future holds as we age. There are steps we can take on certain matters to set the course but, when it comes to health, there are a variety of unpredictable challenges that come into play. Age-related illnesses such as dementia, heart disease and strokes ...

RSCC adds a new dimension to dementia care

Rand Aid Association’s Ron Smith Care Centre has installed Snoezelen multi-sensory equipment at River Lodge 3, its residential care wing for people living with dementia, to create relaxing spaces that help reduce agitation and anxiety, engage and delight residents and encourage communication. ...

Social workers’ critical role in the times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role of social workers in society. Gone are the days of social stigma attached to the involvement of social workers. Rand Aid social workers Sue Prior, Debbie Beech and Ulricka Beukman fulfill the role of Community Care Co-ordinators in the reti...

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...