Friday, 10 March 2017

Happy birthday dear Rita!

A cake and a huge card from Ron Smith Care Centre made resident Rita Harvey smile on her birthday, celebrated on March 5. She turned 85th.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Dementia Support Group


Dementia is a slow deterioration in memory, thinking & reasoning ability.  The most common form of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that results in a gradual loss of brain cells & disruption & deterioration in daily functioning.  The affected person may show signs of confusion about time & place, problems with words, personality & mood changes, social withdrawal, decline in problem-solving abilities & planning, and have difficulties understanding visual images.
When Dementia is suspected or diagnosed within a family, it is often met with various responses such as distress, sadness, denial, unreasonable hope, anger, fear & confusion.  At this stage, family members may not know where to turn for help & support.

Lorna Quinn (BA, BA Hons (Psych), MTh – Unisa) is a qualified counsellor registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, who has many years experience in facilitating support groups for the families & caregivers of those affected by Dementia.  She currently runs a support group at Elphin Lodge, and will be offering a second support group in April.

Group One –will continue to meet on the second Saturday of every month at 9H30 in either the Elphin Clubhouse or Card room.
Group Two – this is a brand new support group which has its first meeting on TUESDAY, 4TH APRIL at 10H00 in the Elphin Boardroom.

Joining a support group can become a vital resource to families and caregivers. You will:
v  Gain new knowledge & information about Alzheimer’s & learn new skills for adjusting and coping.
v  Gain a better understanding of the behavior of those with memory & cognitive impairment and how they experience life.
v  Share and have social contact with others who are “in the same boat” and be supported in a non-judgmental way.
v  Receive referrals to medical experts & others for the effective treatment and care of those living with Dementia.
v  Be given support & care as you go through each stage of Dementia with your loved one.

Contact Lorna Quinn
Cell:  082 4565692; Email:

* Rand Aid Association sponsors these Support Groups as a service to the families & caregivers of their residents, and therefore there is no cost to the participants.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Showing the love at Ron Smith Care Centre

Ron Smith Care Centre  resident Ivan Langenstrasse is surrounded by love from care workers Lungile Mhlongo, Olga Tivane and Germinah Baloyi, at the centre's Valentine's Day event.

Love was definitely in the air the morning of February 14, as residents from Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre were treated to a lovely Valentine’s Day Tea.

In the weeks before the tea, residents put their artistic skills to use as they made all kinds of heart creations in the OT Activity Centre, thus supplying the decorations for the event. Gathering under the gaily decorated gazebos on the grassy area by the lake, and with a myriad of hearts flapping gently in the breeze, residents enjoyed a delicious tea of cream scones, sausage rolls and home-made shortbread biscuits.  People took pleasure in the company of their friends, neighbours and caregivers and enjoyed the sunny day as beautiful music played in the background. 

Volunteer Marisa Sabato with resident Lynette Saville.

Margaret Richardson and Julia Mali.

 Lungile Mhlongo and June Smith.

Ethelwynne van Eck, Hazel Spearpoint with Maria Roberts.

Pauline Green and Johanna Mokwele.

Johanna Mokwele and Patchappen Ramalingum.

Johanna Mokwele and Gerrie Snyman.

Phumudzo Nephiphidi and Irene Watson.

Elizabeth Peterson and Edna van Rensburg.

Resident Peggy Roberts enjoyed the Valentine’s Tea with her daughter Jeanette.

Valerie McBain and daughter Heather.

Cedrick Hicks and Thembi Sibiya.

Peter Barker and Jennifer Sigida.

Arthur Nathan and Adolphina Magwete.

Godfrey Mawela and Estelle Litvim.

 Peggy Plaatjies and Sannie Wucherpfennig.

Sarah Richards.

Nomsa Shabangu and Josephine Kew.

Priscilla Nkosi, Biele Rollnick and Iris Radebe.

Anne Brokensha, Kedibone Shongoane and Shirley Makwarela.

Rita Harvey and Wilhelmina Newman.

Maria Standing and Shirley Makwarela.

Colleen Blowe and Lorraine Lowden.

Tondani Mudau, Rosina Pretorius and Martha Mabuyela.

Lorraine Lowden, Martha Mubuyela and Lou Mer.

Etienne Geyser and Christina van Rooyen.

Christina van Rooyen and Bunny Marks.

Nikki Els.

 Joan Belleu and Marisa Sabato.

Isaac Poulton, Hilda Mabaso, Joyce Mabowa and Betty Hood.

Hilda Mabaso and Kitty Venn.

Denny Hancox, Jennifer Sigida and Denise Stewart.

Priscilla Dlamini and Cecily Ryder.


Heart packages filled with chocolate truffles were gifted to all 160 Ron Smith Care Centre residents.

But the day of expressing love was not yet over! In the afternoon, a further treat awaited as staff delivered and presented a special heart package filled with chocolate truffles, to all 160 residents of the care centre. The chocolates were received with much thanks and appreciation, as the thrill of receiving a genuine gift of love was revived in their hearts once again.  As Charles Schulz (creator of the Peanuts characters) once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Ron Smith Care Centre resident turns 105

Finn Nash (great grandson), Kim Nash (granddaughter), Owen Nash (great grandson), Sylvian Robertson, Joan Kilfoil (daughter), Kait Nash (great granddaughter) and Ronan Nash (great grandson). Kait, Ronan and Owen are triplets.

Sylvian Robertson, who is a resident at Rand Aid-run Ron Smith Care Centre, has just celebrated her 105th birthday!

She was born in Johannesburg on January 3, 1912 (the same year that the Titanic went down) and married her husband, John, at the Baptist Church in Troyeville.  They were married for 58 years.

She was mainly a stay-at-home mom and completely devoted to looking after their large family. She has three daughters and a son who all live in Johannesburg:  Sandra Carstens, Moira Clark, Joan Kilfoil and John Robertson; and a daughter, Patricia Stephens, who lives in Washington DC.  In addition, she has 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Even now, her face lights up whenever her grandchildren and great grandchildren come to visit – her family always have been, and are still, her whole life and she is deeply grateful to have them around.

Sylvian was well-known in the Bedfordview community, as she assisted her two daughters, Sandra and Joan, with their ballet school. She was known as the ‘ballet gran’.  She also loved to entertain and was always cooking and baking up a storm on her Esse coal stove. Christmas Lunch for 60 people wasn’t a problem!

When she was 92 years old, Sylvian travelled to the United States unaccompanied.  She refused wheelchair assistance, so somehow ended up at the wrong gate, but being the independent and resourceful person she was, managed to board the right plane and reach her destination.

The management and staff of Ron Smith Care Centre extend their very best wishes to this remarkable lady.

Christmas Lunch with Carol singing

On December 20, RSCC residents were invited to gather in the beautifully decorated  Main Dining room for a lovely time of Carol singing led by staff wearing Santa hats. 

This would be followed by a delicious Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings.  The residents came to life as they heard the first strains of familiar and well-loved Christmas carols such as Silent Night, Away in the Manger, the first Noel, the little Drummer Boy, Once in Royal David’s City, and Joy to the World, to name a few. 

The carol session ended with the Christmas song, Felice Navidad, and as the staff sang the words:  “We want to wish you a Merry Christmas…….,” they scattered into the audience and presented each of the 160 residents with a chocolate Sweetie Pie, which they accepted with delight!  Then it was time to tuck into the salmon mousse,  roast lamb and gammon, veggies, and roast potatoes. 

And after all that, there was still room for Christmas trifle, which everyone agreed, was a wonderful way to end off a lovely afternoon with good food and fellowship with one’s friends and neighbours.

Scroll down to see photos showing how much fun was had: