The Helderberg Society For the Aged’s residents from Assisted Living and some Independent Units all donated ingredients and their time to pack JARS OF HOPE as a Mandela Day initiative. The HSFA, (although a ‘Not-for-Profit-Organisation’ itself), has a team of dynamic residents and staff who like to give back to their communities and charities. Hundreds of “Jars of Hope” were provided to charities supported by Together Against Covid, Masincedane, as well as to HSFA’s own Garden Village Senior Service Centre. Note all HSFA activities are done within the limits of safe Covid protocols
The Helderberg Society For the Aged’s residents from Assisted Living (Silver Oaks Lodge and Robari Lodge), Frailcare (Mountview and Support Centre) and some Independent Units (Vonke House and Swannack Gardens), enjoyed a South African heartwarming Welcome-Welkom,-Wamkelekile at our SA themed luncheons this month. We were reminded, despite our country’s recent troubles, how South Africans do stand together and give back to their communities … as well as enjoy a bietjie potjie, sherry and dans!! Thank you GERATEC for serving South African favourites – potjies, melktert, samp and beans, vetkoek and more…
Note resident’s faces have been blurred out for Personal Protection of Privacy (POPI Act). Many photos were taken at all of the events. Should residents or family of resident’s wish to receive the photos, please contact your unit manager and they will be sent to you. Note all HSFA events are done within the limits of safe Covid protocols
HSFA hosted a series of enjoyable (but Covid regulated) luncheons for their Assisted Living (Silver Oaks Lodge and Robari Lodge), Frailcare (Mountview and Support Centre) and some Independent Units (Vonke House and Swannack Gardens) residents to raise awareness regarding this campaign. The lunches had a beach theme staff and residents were encouraged to dress up in turquoise or beach gear and feel the sand between their toes, whilst sipping on turquoise cocktails and listening to tunes like ‘Kokomo’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’ and the like! Images of turquoise oceans were projected on the walls to transport the residents to favourite beach memories and Geratec served delicious a seafood cocktails, beach burgers and turquoise-coloured desserts. On 15th June – World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day –HSFA staff wore a turquoise ribbon in support of the “Turn Turquoise for the Elderly” National Campaign.
The Helderberg Society For the Aged received a much welcomed donation of PPE and two elderly walkers from the Rotary Club of Somerset West . The equipment was sourced from a Rotary International club in Canada. Having an excess of PPE in Canada, the Rotarian clubs made a coordinated effort to generously ship it on a container and distribute it to several charities in Somerset West and surrounds. The HSFA is most grateful to the Rotarians, and especially to Heather Botes (Community Services Director of Somerset West Rotary Club) for this wonderful initiative. Eppie Macfarlane from Somerset West Rotary Club handed over the donation on the day.
According to research, seniors who move to a retirement community settings live 7-10 years stronger, not just longer, compared to continuing to live in their private homes. They have less stress because of the maintenance-free, carefree lifestyle. There are opportunities to socialize, benefiting their mental health, and opportunities to take care of their physical health by participating in exercise and wellness programs. Plus, seniors in independent retirement communities have the peace of mind in knowing there are services available if help is needed.
Seniors who live in their own homes face obstacles like stairs and other hazards that can affect the ease of their daily living. Most senior living communities are specially designed to be easily navigable for older adults. With adult children who work, a senior who is living alone and becomes ill or suffers a fall could go hours or more without being discovered by someone who can help them. In an independent retirement community optional safety measures are in place. Residents can participate in a daily check program should they desire this service. This service provides peace of mind and a sense of security for the resident.
As we age, we may find our social circle beginning to shrink. When this occurs seniors may find themselves more isolated or lonesome. When living in an independent retirement community, residents have the opportunity to enjoy going out into the community at any time of the day to spend time with friends. Opportunities to engage with others are literally right outside the doorway! This social aspect of a retirement community adds to over-all well-being and successful aging!
One of HSFA’s aims is to ensure our residents are keeping active and having fun – so a monthly planner is in place with a country / general theme. Our past month’s theme was “La France” – so an elegant French lunch, where our dining rooms transformed into French Cafés and residents looked glamourous in their French style apparel, was arranged! Geratec chefs outdid themselves with cuisine like coq-au-vin, onion soup français and ‘magnifique’ éclairs! Boules and croquet brought out the competition in all of us – and a 99-year old from one of our Assisted Living units outscored a few of us on the field! We are also planning activities or learnings aligned to the Department of Health’s annual calendar’s national days! This past month was National Vaccination Week 22-26 April, when our Government announced that any South African over the age of 60 could register to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Louis Pasteur, an inventor of vaccination (rabies) as well as learning how to register online, were our ‘learnings’, which aligned to our French theme as well as Vaccination week. Fun was had by all! Très bien! Note due to the POPIA Act we are restricted from showing photos of faces of our residents (thus the silly emoji faces), so should you wish to get copies of the many photos taken on the day – please speak to your Unit Manager. Thanks to our sponsors / supporters for the events: Rory Taylor from Taylor-Made Adventures , who taught us how to do Boules and made a few pacemakers work harder…, Simply Sparkles Party Light Hire for the discount on party lights and mirror balls, and to J4F Entertainment for the loan of projectors to take us on a “trip to France” and for our learning slides.