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Visit Rand Aid’s all-new website

Rand Aid has revealed its slick side, with a brand-new website offering current and prospective residents and frail care and rehab clients all the information they need to know about the non-profit organisation. “While Rand Aid has entrenched itself as one of South Africa’s leading retirement...

New retirement village on the Glendower Golf Course

Work continues to make Rand Aid’s new retirement village a reality, albeit at a very slow pace due to the impact of COVID-19 regulations on the processing of the Town Planning application. “We trust that the change to Alert Level 1 will have a positive impact on the availability of officials ...

Let’s Talk About Dementia by Hendrik Baird…

I remember my great-grandmother quite well. Even though I was very small, she made a big impression on me. But as I grew up, I found I couldn’t have a conversation with her. Her mental capacity was that of a small child, even though she once was a powerful and strong woman. I was made …

COVID-19 vaporised at Thornhill Manor

Thornhill Manor resident Rudi Waage (pictured) takes up arms against the coronavirus. After extensive research, the village committee of the Rand Aid-run retirement village in Modderfontein decided to purchase an industrial fogger to sterilise communal areas. The fogger vaporises hypochlorous aci...

Thornhill Manor’s ‘people matter’ approach

People matter at Rand Aid retirement village Thornhill Manor, which is why the phrase ‘People Matter Here’ has been adopted as the village motto. It was coined by the new village chairman, Dr Dave Webster, who discussed it with the rest of the village committee. They decided it would be a gre...

Ron Smith Care Centre celebrates 103-year-old surviving COVID-19

Ron Smith Care Centre resident Kitty Venn has survived the coronavirus at age 103! After spending two weeks in isolation, she is back in her sunny garden room at the Rand Aid-run care centre in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. Dr Christina Eleftheriades, who cared for Kitty during her time in the care ce...

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...