“Hats off” to HSFA Mothers

“Hats off” to HSFA Mothers

Hats off to all the incredible residents of HSFA from Vonke House and Swannack Gardens! Our independent living units celebrated Mother’s Day in style with a fabulous Hat Parade! From elegant sunhats to creative masterpieces, our residents rocked the red carpet with their unique and colourful creations. There was some “out of the box” thinking!!! Well done to the prize winners. Thanks to the staff team and GERATEC for spoiling us! It was a celebration filled with laughter, creativity, and a whole lot of fun! #HatParade #MothersDay #Celebration #IndependentLiving #FunTimes

Helderberg Senior Sports Day

Helderberg Senior Sports Day

The Helderberg Senior Sports Day, is a highly-anticipated annual competition in October in the world of our seniors, where teams engage in a variety of indoor sports and activities, and the competition is fierce, with participating retirement villages showcasing fantastic themed outfits and talents!
The retirement villages that took part in the event included Helderberg Society For the Aged’s Vonke House, Swannack Gardens, Robari Lodge, Silver Oaks Lodge, Camelot as well as Huis Jan Swart, Huis Soeterus, Serenitas, Ameris, Altena, Huis Pam Brink, Huis Marie Louw, Huis van Niekerk, and Benadie Hof.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the event’s sponsors, including Theo Rix from Blue Crane Funerals Feedom Catering Services Pty., Enviroveg Supply, and the NG Kerk Suiderstrand, as well as the numerous generous volunteers from our community. Thank you all for a fun and memorable and ACTIVE day!
World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

“Dementia is a disease of the brain, not of the Soul”. Today, 21 September 2021, the world acknowledges World Alzheimer’s Day with the goal of raising awareness of the disease, common symptoms, and risk factors. This day raises awareness of the cause and severity of Alzheimer’s disease, and it is observed throughout the month in certain countries. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that gradually deteriorates memory and cognitive abilities, among other things. It is the most frequent cause of dementia in older individuals. Watch this special video to appreciate and learn. https://youtu.be/CrZXz10FcVM

Beach parties at the HSFA

Beach parties at the HSFA

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.

 

Drumming

Drumming

Our HSFA residents in frail care had a fantastic time participating in our drumming class yesterday. Each brought their own unique beats and surprised us with songs. Music was also played from their era and the residents danced and sang along with the staff. The Nightingale unit drumming activity session started off with only a few residents, however when the other residents heard the music, some came down and it turned out to be a singing and dance along. Some of them just sat and soaked in the ambiance said they looking forward to the next session! Drumming has many beneficial effects. Drumming is a great therapeutic activity to keep both the mind and the body active. Drumming is a great way to not only bring people together but also to elevate mood and reduce loneliness especially during the lockdown periods. It is a fantastic way to relieve stress, reduce tension and can increase a person’s sense of well-being and belonging. Note: Social distancing and mask protocols are always in place for all activities.

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