Resident Frank Lucas with Edenglen High School students Deneel Naidoo, Quewen Kuppusami and Kirsty Potgieter.
Conversation and interaction across the generations
The Occupational Therapy (OT) Activity Centre at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre was transformed into a Spa on Monday, August 8, 2016, in preparation for a wonderful day of pampering and relaxation for residents and staff.
Held in celebration of Women’s Day, the event organisers ensured that special attention was given to the residents of River Lodge 3, the wing for those living with dementia.
Fourteen grade 11 students from Edenglen High School, along with their teacher Debbie Cloud, joined OT staff and volunteers in offering their services as ‘Spa Beauty Therapists’ for the day.
Aside from all the visiting, laughter and chatting that took place, the students took part in a chair exercises session for the residents and then served tea and some delicious muffins which they brought along with them. Then it was on to the pampering session, where both male and female residents were treated to their choice of beauty/relaxation treatments, including hand and foot massages, manicures, pedicures and/or make up sessions.
The students donated some sponsored nail care and beauty products, which added to the choices on offer.
The residents thoroughly enjoyed their day and especially loved the interaction and loving care given out by the younger generation. Residents Lorraine Lowden and Colleen Daly said, “This day has been so much fun!” and Janet Smart couldn’t stop admiring her nails, which student Saiyuri Tshworlal had just finished painting.
“My nails match my outfit!” she exclaimed. Student Keagan Roos said that he enjoys working with people and making a difference in their lives, and he was happy to have met the care centre residents who are so special, he added.
After lunch, it was the care centre staff’s turn to be pampered, and they so appreciated being told: “Sit back, relax and enjoy. You work very hard and we are here to give you a treat!”
Learners Callie Allison and Saiyuri Tshworlal with resident Lorraine Lowden.
Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s Manager Recreational Programmes, remarked: “The way we celebrated this Women’s Day blossomed into a special day for all. Men and women, young and old, residents, staff and students all had the opportunity to be enriched. In giving care to one another, each one received in return. It was a beautiful, fun day filled with the blessing of connecting with others and creating magical moments.”
Lynette Saville and Keagan Roos.
Conversation across the generations: Elaine van Heerden, Sanelisiwe Ngobese, Zandi Zwane and Kaycee Joubert.
Edenglen High School students with their teacher, Debbie Cloud ( far right), resident Cecily Ryder (centre) and Marisa Sabato (volunteer, far left).
Isaac Poulton gets a relaxing foot massage from Deneel Naidoo.
Time for a chat… Ziyan Sattar and Etienne Geyser.
Saiyuri Tshworlal and Janet Smart: “Look—my nails match my outfit!”
Lorraine Lowden gets her nails painted by Sanelisiwe Ngobese.
Molly Matroos and learner Nikiwe Khumalo are all smiles.
Colour me pretty… Kanya Vuza and Nikki Els.
Eleanor Motsepe – Day Care (centre) with her two daughters Mmaikeletsi Dube (left) and Kabelo Motsepe (right).
You gotta hand it to them… Ziyan Sattar, Nico Gaddi and Deneel Naidoo.
Sarah van Tonder enjoys some pampering from Keagan Roos.
Zandi Zwane gives ENA Merium Netshifhefhe a much-needed massage.
Sister Dorcas Moalusi bonds with Nikiwe Khumalo.
Saiyuri Tshworlal transforms Olga Tivane’s nails.
Kirsty Potgieter gives hard-working Hilda Mabaso a treat.
Housekeeping staff member Nomsa Shabangu gets her nails done by Saiyuri Tshworlal.
Nikiwe Khumalo gives Lou Mer a massage.
Keagan Roos gives Lynne Russell a soothing hand massage.
Foot spa… Kirsty Potgieter and Winsome Green.