Connecting by Drone at the HSFA – Residents’ waves and smiling eyes cross distances.

Connecting by Drone at the HSFA – Residents’ waves and smiling eyes cross distances.

Happy waves and smiling eyes were on every balcony and in every garden at the HSFA’s Vonke Park as the drone passed overhead so the HSFA residents could wave to their children locally and abroad! The Covid-19 lockdown has been essential for the safety of our residents, but also has not stopped the pouring out of love across long distances!

The gift of giving keeps residents and staff of the HSFA upbeat!

The gift of giving keeps residents and staff of the HSFA upbeat!

The gift of giving keeps residents and staff of the HSFA upbeat! Thank you Mrs Dally from Robari Lodge (HSFA Assisted Living Unit) for knitting for the Macassar elderly community. Beanies, scarves and socks were donated to beat the winter chills.  Also, Sr Tina Labuschagne (one of the HSFA nurses in Nightingale) is one of the many staff who volunteered to live in the HSFA during the Covid-19 lockdown. Several Vonke House residents saw her knitting and asked if they could help. She provided them with wool and they knitted leg warmers and hand mitts for other thankful residents in her unit. Thank you Sister Labuschagne for going the extra mile to make our residents comfortable, and thank you too all the supportive residents who lent a helping hand!

HSFA Staff Lockdown ends with mixed emotions.

HSFA Staff Lockdown ends with mixed emotions.

As our staff left the HSFA premises, after being in voluntary lockdown for over 3.5 months, there was an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement to be reuniting with their families. Memories, bonds and new friendships were also formed between staff in their shared accommodation. The caring dedication of the staff was clear, and they left the lockdown knowing that they had done everything they could to help the HSFA prepare for the continued safety of our residents.
“Thank you heroes – and re-energise for the next challenges ahead!” Over 220 HSFA essential staff, as well as service providers, moved into various HSFA sites and nearby halls.
The community supported through donations of linen, blankets,TV’s, DVD’s, appliances and games to make the lockdown more comfortable. Several local organisations provided halls. Thank you’s go to:
The Playhouse Theatre
The Rotary Club of Somerset West
Helderberg Girl Guides
Marshal Smuts Shellhole,
the Old Bill and Members
1st & 2nd Somerset West Scouts
1st Gordons Bay Sea Scouts
Helderberg Pirates Baseball Club

HSFA Thank you from behind the Lockdown

HSFA Thank you from behind the Lockdown

The Helderberg Society for the Aged would like to thank the community for coming together in an effort to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus into the HSFA. That would include residents, staff, families, service providers and surrounding organisations. The HSFA has been in lockdown since 16th March (10 days before the national lockdown).
Over 150 HSFA essential staff and service providers (Geratec & Xone Integrated Security) moved into various HSFA sites and nearby halls. Senior managers, unit managers, admin staff, nursing and caring staff, cleaning and laundry staff, have volunteered to stay on site to minimise the risk of contamination. They have all gone beyond the call of duty, doing whatever it takes to support our residents to remain in their units. They are our hero’s.
THANKS FOR THE LOCKDOWN DONATIONS:
– Bulk linen – The public have donated linen & blankets
– Bulk linen – Westin Grand Hotel Cape Town – Mr. Martin Stroebel
– Bulk linen – members of the Rotary Club of Somerset West
THANKS TO THE ORGANSATIONS PROVIDING HALLS:
– The Rotary Club of Somerset West
– Helderberg Girl Guides
– Marshal Smuts Shellhole, the Old Bill and Members
– 1st & 2nd Somerset West Scouts Group
– 1st Gordons Bay Sea Scouts Group
– Helderberg Pirates Baseball Club
– We also thank the community for staying in their homes and helping us keep our resident’s safe as well for the donations of masks and sanitisers etc.
FOR FINANCIAL DONATIONS VISIT www.hsfa.org.za
#FLATTENTHECURVE

Coronavirus – HSFA takes measures to “flatten the curve”.

Coronavirus – HSFA takes measures to “flatten the curve”.

Dear Residents, Family and Staff,
HSFA places the health of our residents, family and staff first.
HSFA acknowledges the potential exponential spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in South Africa and that the older persons, especially those with underlying medical conditions in our Frail Environment and Assisted Living Units are compromised and particularly vulnerable to infection.
Our Task Team Mandate:
• To keep abreast of the development and spread of the virus and advise HSFA on the management of this.
• Our Unit Manager Sr Schenell Rossouw, Nursing Care Manager Mr Frederick de Bruyn, and Night Shift Infection Control Sr Mr JP Walekwa have been for training at Karl Bremmer Hospital on the 6th March 2020 on how to manage the process and networking with relevant Infection Control departments on Government level.
• HSFA has commenced with in house training on Infection Control specific to Coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19)
• HSFA has a strict zero tolerance approach toward non-compliance.
• HSFA Response Plan is in draft phase.
The Standard Operating Procedure for Preparedness, Detection and Response to a Coronavirus (2019-NCOV) outbreak in South Africa has been implemented within the HSFA.
HSFA would like to urge our families and visitors to refrain from contact with the older person should you suspect that there has been any contact or flu related symptoms.
Yours faithfully,
Alta Allen, Operations & Risk Manager

#Flattenthecurve

Music stimulating senses and memory

Music stimulating senses and memory

The team at the HSFA encourages the residents to make music part of their daily lives. Seen here are the residents of Mountview frail care, listening to the beautiful (impromptu ) piano playing of Thys Odendaal. Louise van Jaarsveld, our HSFA Occupational Therapist advises: “Music helps the frail stimulate their senses and memory capacity. Music forges connections to personal pivotal events and helps them reconnect with memories of their past. It promotes relaxation and benefits physical and mental health. It also encourages social interaction and decreases
isolation and loneliness.” Uplift your soul with music.