Caring for your loved one and need a break these upcoming holidays? The Helderberg Society For the Aged also provides short term temporary holiday accommodation with carers / nurses as required. Call Charlotte Smith Assisted Living Manager 021 8515711 or Hanlie Theron, Frail Care Unit Manager now on 021 8525130. Click here for the full brochure.
The HSFA is a firm believer in skills and capability development of our own staff and of future carers, in order to offer the best service to our residents and the elderly community. The HSFA and OASIS Training Centre – PTY Ltd have collaborated allowing their training centre students an opportunity to do the practical part of their course at the HSFA. OASIS students were placed at the HSFA to job-shadow our carers, as part of their 6-week practical training, during their 3-month course. These students were allocated shifts, and job-shadowed and learnt practical caring with our HSFA carers. As part of the practical training, they had to learn specific caring tasks, as per their curriculum, in order to graduate. We are proud to laud the hardworking students of the first program with us at their graduation, and now welcome a new set of students in the second!
The HSFA staff are ahead of our game as usual and have got our booster shots for Covid-19! The staff were initially part of the Sisonke Covid vaccination trials over 6 months previously where we were fully vaccinated with J&J and now welcomed the booster shots to ensure extra protection and additional safety of our residents. #COVID19#covidprevention
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. A couple of the HSFA units did an educational day to remind their staff of the need for self screenings and mamogrammes. Thank you to all involved.
Joshua Buchweitz, a Grade 7 scholar from Beaumont Primary School , showed how a simple act of kindness can go a long way. Joshua used his own savings and raised money from friends, neighbours and family to purchase a generous hamper of toiletries and treats for the residents (those who do not have family support) of the Support Center of the HSFA. When asked why he chose the HSFA as his retirement group as his beneficiary, he explained that his lovely granny Elana Kriedemann who recently retired from at the HSFA, told him that the HSFA is a special place, and she also explained that some residents needed some extra support and that they depend on the community for help. Thank you Joshua for your thoughtfulness, kindness and leadership – you are a true gentlemen. Your lovely granny can certainly be proud of you.
The staff and residents of the Helderberg Society For the Aged (HSFA) are very thankful to have 558 of their residents and other older persons vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus as part of the national rollout to the elderly over the age of 60.
“The Helderberg Society for the Aged (HSFA) would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to, and congratulate KESS – Khayelitsha Eastern Substructure in conjunction with the Western Cape Department of Health on administering 558 of the Covid-19 vaccines, at the HSFA on the 20th May 2021, to our residents and elderly, over the age of 60 years,” says HSFA’s Operations Manager Rene Anderson van Zyl.
The dynamic and professional team, headed by Sheila McCloen, and her team of Registered Nurses and Administrators from KESS, are commended on the sterling job they did of ensuring our elderly, some of whom are too frail and bedridden, received their first dose of the Phizer Covid-19 vaccination as part of the Phase 2 roll out with KESS and the Western Cape Department of Health.
Photo NAMES FOR GROUP SHOT LEFT TO RIGHT HSFA TEAM:Rene Anderson Van Zyl, Eureka Haefele, Schenell Rossouw, Noleen Prinsloo, Shireen van Reenen, Rika Rodd and Adri Snyman.