March and April were months full of drama at the HSFA! So when our residents were saying “Break a Leg” this did not mean that next step meant a hip or knee replacement, but rather a moment of glory on stage!!
All units (Independent Living, Assisted Living and Frailcare) were invited to join drama workshops as presented by two lovely ladies, Coleen van Staden and Celia Musikanth from Circle Productions Cape Town . Howls of laughter and impassioned shouting was heard in the halls of the units with our residents acting out Shakespeare’s most rude lines (sometimes translated into Afrikaans!) Movement and mime were practiced, and character sketches as well as poems were rolled out. Thank you to the lovely drama teachers who showed us how many theatrical players, tuneful singers, and drama queens we actually have at the HSFA! Watch this space – HSFA HAS TALENT will be back with a vengeance!
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 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.