Substance abuse and forms of addiction, for the most part, do not occur in a vacuum. This is the view of Bianca Hansen-Hamburger, an intern counselling psychologist at Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre just outside of Johannesburg. Continue reading Understanding substance abuse as a result of trauma
Eunice de Jager decided, at the age of 76, to do her first tandem skydive. Her jump took place on April 5 through the Johannesburg Skydiving Club in Carletonville. “It was the most amazing and exhilarating experience ever,” says the resident of Rand Aid Association retirement village Thornhill Manor. She flew from the Panaroma Airfield to the skydiving club in a small plane owned and piloted by her son Theo.
On Monday, April 20, Rand Aid Association’s Ron Smith Care Centre hosted a workshop given by Sylvia Birkhead, Senior Occupational Therapist, on what it means to live with dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, and how to improve quality of life through daily activities which are meaningful to the individual. Specific ways to engage with residents using various sensory stimulation methods and materials was discussed. It was noted that everyone is different, and that each person will respond to touch and to certain sights, sounds, tastes and smells depending on what appeals to them and what doesn’t. “But we should always remember that even though it sometimes seems as if the resident does not respond, the person living with dementia is still taking in and absorbing attempts to touch and connect and will feel the love and care being offered,” said Sylvia. This workshop was part of Rand Aid’s ongoing commitment to train staff and volunteers in giving personalised care to residents living with dementia at Ron Smith Care Centre. Volunteers play a huge role at the centre, supplementing the special, regular personal contact that means so much to each person. If you are interested in volunteering at the centre, email Debbie Christen at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Bunnies’ Val Bartram and Sue van der Neut – Inyoni Creek retirement village residents and members of the humanitarian group Inyoni Angels – were part of the contingent of Angels who visited Thembalami Care Centre on April 1, to bring some Easter cheers to residents. Both Thembalami and Inyoni Creek are owned by NPO Rand Aid Association, and the Angels have opened their hearts to the care centre residents, regularly hosting special events for them. Val and Sue are pictured with Elize Raath, Thembalami’s manager. The residents were each given six Easter eggs by the very generous bunnies. Continue reading Easter cheer at Thembalami Care Centre
Inspired by the beautiful artwork on display, creative ideas started flowing when an art exhibition and demonstration was held at Rand Aid’s Inyoni Creek retirement village on Wednesday, March 25. Continue reading Creativity unleashed at Rand Aid
Ron Smith Care Centre is capturing all those magical moments that make life so rewarding. Continue reading Ron Smith Care Centre’s Magical Moments
Thembalami Care Centre resident Kira Plessis is 100 years young! Born in Russia in 1915, during the early years of World War I, Kira spent much of her young adult years travelling Europe. Continue reading Thembalami’s Kira turns 100
Tarentaal retirement village in Lyndhurst is being spruced up! Run by Rand Aid Association, the village offers affordable rental accommodation to 316 residents. Set in spacious and secure grounds with generous garden areas, Tarentaal is enjoying a loving dose of attention, with the housing units being repainted, new gutters being erected, road markings and railings repainted, and the hall, pub, clinic, podiatry unit and other amenities also benefiting from a new coat of paint. Continue reading Tarentaal renovations
Started six years ago by resident Wendy Hunt, the Thornhill Manor Garden Club is blooming. With over 30 members today, the group meets on a monthly basis to share gardening tips and anecdotes. At the March 20 meeting, Trevyn Riekert of the Garden Shop chatted to the club members about fuschias, which are popular in pots and baskets. With the Modderfontein-based Rand Aid retirement village boasting landscaped gardens and beautiful water features, the garden club members are never short of inspiration. Pictured are chairwoman Wendy Hunt and Dawn Burls with the beautiful Proteas that were grown by Dawn and raffled off at the meeting.
In line with its commitment to holistic rehabilitation, Wedge Gardens treatment centre has renovated its occupational therapy (OT) suite. Continue reading New-look OT for Wedge Gardens