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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...

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...

Rand Aid – remaining connected despite the lockdown

Sue Prior, Rand Aid’s Community Care Co-ordinator, and her team have found a way to involve village residents in meaningful activity during the national coronavirus lockdown by encouraging them to make masks. A 117-year-old non-profit organisation, Rand Aid provides an essential service to arou...

Resthill Memory Care on High Alert to Prevent Covid-19 Infection

Resthill Memory Care is on high alert to prevent any Covid-19 infection. Let’s take a look at the precautions Resthill is taking to prevent contamination from the dreaded Corona Virus. Even before the Covid-19 coronavirus invaded one hundred countries, initial info from China  – wher...

A taste of Oktoberfest at St Johannis

Recently senior citizens and the community were celebrating their Oktoberfest at St Johannis Organisation, your home for senior living, in Parow. Many visitors popped in for a taste of traditional food delicacies and to stock up on fresh organic food, second hand clothing, art, German cakes and c...

First local Veterans Cricket League hits Cape Town

The inaugural Veterans Cricket League for players over 40-years-old kicks off in Cape Town the week of 14 October 2019.  The intention is to develop veterans cricket and identify players who can be considered for future Over 50’s Cricket World Cups, the first of which was held in Australia in ...

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...

Thembalami’s journey of transformation

The transformation at Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre over the past decade is remarkable, says residents, staff members and residents’ family members. Housed in a huge building on 2.3 hectares of ground in Lombardy East just outside of Johannesburg, the once rundown building is today bright...