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Rand Aid Association – Retirement Villages


Retirement Villages in Johannesburg – Edenvale for the discerning retiree

Discover retirement villages with a wide range of supportive services to provide lifelong care and peace of mind.

Rand Aid Association is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 1903. We have a long and proud history of providing a range of care and accommodation services to older people in all income brackets.

In the late 1980s, Rand Aid started to develop retirement villages that are sold on the life rights basis. This was in response to the high need for safe, secure accommodation with related healthcare and lifestyle benefits, and continued requests to expand our services and cater for a more affluent market, in addition to the existing rental accommodation services. Currently Rand Aid operates three life rights villages:

  • Elphin Lodge, from 1990 – consisting of 223 one and two bedroom units
  • Thornhill Manor, from 2002 – consisting of 213 two and three bedroom units
  • Inyoni Creek, from 2007 – consisting of 175 one, two and three bedroom units.

Purchasing a life right means that one acquires, for a capital sum, the right to live in the particular housing unit for the remainder of one’s life.

What it means: Retirement Villages life rights

This right is not the same as ownership of a property as the housing unit remains the property of the RA Welfare Development Trust.

This means that one does not receive a title deed and that there is no transfer duty applicable. Purchasers sign a contract that meets the requirements of the Housing Development Schemes for Retired Persons Act, 1988. When the housing unit is vacated, 80% of the original purchase price is refunded to the purchaser or the estate, as the case may be.

Apart from the original purchase price, a monthly levy is payable to cover the cost of services, such as water, electricity, rates, security, maintenance, insurance of the buildings, servicing of the unit, administration costs and 24 days care per unit in the Care Centre.

Rand Aid does not build any profit into the levies charged to residents to cover the cost of these services. In addition, residents benefit from the economies of scale the organisation can achieve, and levies are far below the cost of actual services had residents lived in freehold units in the community.

We at Rand Aid do not regard the sale of a life right as a once-off activity. In fact, the care and well-being of the life rights purchasers remain the concern of the organisation and the image and standing of the organisation are completely interlinked with the way in which we manage our life rights developments. All these developments form part of our brand.

An effective solution when it comes to retirement villages, yet affordable!

Rand Aid has proved over the years that it is very effective in the management of retirement villages and that it is able to provide a holistic and comprehensive service to its residents. That not it only includes the duties of a management association as detailed in the above Act, but have been expanded to the following inter alia:

  • A village nursing service to run preventative health care clinics and follow up on sick and ageing residents. Where necessary, frail and sick residents are admitted to the organisation’s Care Centre which is  registered as a home for the aged in terms of the Aged Persons Act, 1967 as amended. This accommodation can be either on a temporary or permanent basis. All cottages are allocated 24 days per annum free care in the Care Centre as part of the levy contribution.
  • A 24-hour emergency response service for all medical, maintenance and security emergencies. This includes handymen and qualified nurses on standby. In addition, our therapists, ranging from social workers to psychologists, are available to help residents with personal and psychological issues.
  • Contracts with podiatrists, physiotherapists and a medical doctor to provide services on the premises at medical aid rates. We also provide facilities for beauticians and hairdressers on the premises to provide services to residents at reduced rates.
  • 24-hour gate security, patrol guards as well as electrified fencing and perimeter cameras to monitor and prevent attempts to access the property.
  • The organisation of social activities in conjunction with residents, to provide for a wide range of interests. These activities are diverse, ranging from writing and discussion groups to book clubs, bingo, scrabble, snooker, bird watching, croquet, concerts and outings to places of interest. Rand Aid is a non-denominational organisation but respects spiritual needs and various religious activities are accommodated.
  • Practical services to enhance daily living, e.g. a handyman on the property to attend to maintenance needs, a daily gardening service, weekly domestic service for the cleaning of cottages, transport to and from major shopping centres, daily delivery of post, twice weekly refuse removal directly from units and a well stocked library on the premises.
  • A levy stabilisation fund has also been created to cushion against steep levy increases.

Despite our extensive life rights developments, Rand Aid remains a welfare organisation with the main purposes of providing care and accommodation for less fortunate older persons as well as treatment services for persons with substance abuse problems. Therefore, your purchase of a life right contributes to services that alleviate the lot of others, in the following manner:

  • Interest is received on the capital paid by the purchaser and held by the organisation
  • A portion of the purchase price (20%) is retained by the organisation when the contract of purchase and sale is terminated due to the death or departure of the purchaser
  • The housing unit remains the property of the organisation and it is refurbished and resold after every termination.

Although the development and sale of retirement housing does generate income for Rand Aid’s welfare services, it is a slow and costly process that only provides returns many years after the first sale. It has to be remembered that the cost of the development has to by repaid by Rand Aid and that only a portion of the selling price (20%) may be utilised for any expense – the main portion must be available for refund at any given point in time. In addition, property maintenance and refurbishment costs increase over time and capital expenses remain the responsibility of the organisation.

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Special Covid Info:

Rand Aid’s Community Care Co-ordination Team, village nursing staff, occupational therapists, social workers and office staff have done considerable work in addressing the emotional and psycho-social challenges emanating from the COVID-19 crisis.

Core to Rand Aid’s COVID-19 response has been constant communication with all stakeholders. “We are doing everything we can to ensure residents, their families and our employees are kept informed about relevant COVID-19 matters and the support mechanisms in place to ensure they suffer as little hardship as possible during this time,” says CEO Peter Quinn.

Written communication includes weekly updates to village residents via newsletters or bulletins from the managers; and letters from the CEO and the Community Care Co-ordination Team sent via bulk email to residents and family members. The letters contain information about Rand Aid’s COVID-19 response and share tips about coping with all the uncertainty and change.

The majority of care centre residents are very frail and the no-visitor rule has been especially difficult on loved ones. To overcome this, Ron Smith Care Centre has taken photos of residents and sent these to family members, along with a short note on how their loved one is doing.

In addition, WhatsApp groups have been established for each of the wings at the care centre to facilitate the sharing of photos and video clips with families. “The appreciation from the family members is incredibly touching,” says Sue Prior, Rand Aid’s Community Care Co-ordinator.

Applications like Houseparty are used to enable loved ones to join in on birthday celebrations.

To facilitate greater contact with residents in the retirement villages, village sisters and management teams reach out to residents via phone calls and house calls – although with the latter, the visit takes place on the doorstep and social distancing protocols are maintained.

Quarantine facilities in place

Rand Aid has established quarantine facilities – away from the care centres and village homes – should the need ever arise.

While all safety protocols are in place, staff who prefer not to use risky public transport are being accommodated on site, and their meals and laundry are being taken care of. Those who choose to stay at home, change out of their street clothes when they arrive at work and are provided with a freshly laundered uniform.

Free flu shots have also been given to all staff members.

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Community Center
Yes at all villages
Pets allowed
Transport to shops
Coffee shop at Ron Smith Care Centre
Complex Security
24-hour security with gate control, patrolling personnel and an electrified fence with perimeter cameras
Wheelchair Access
Nursing sister
Village sister for preventative nursing care at all of our villages.
Swimming Pool
Laundry Service
Library Service
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