Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Lunch 2013

The annual Christmas Lunch was held on the 18th of December 2013 for all Ron Smith Care Centre Residents.
It was a fantastic day and a big thank you to all involved in this very special event.
Marie Diesel enjoying the music... check the delicious menu!

Beile Rollnick as entertaining as ever!

Very excited about our special meal!

 Fay Freedman and Maud Davidson enjoying their meal.

 Shirley Chambers making use of the Christmas cracker surprise.

Mr. & Mrs. Beattie sharing a joke.

Father and Mother Christmas making a special appearance!

Birthday no: 100

"100 years of memories and 100 years of life...You are very special and surely honour is due for all the great experiences that life has given you."
A very big congratulations to Mrs. Winifred Raynham of Cedar Park who celebrated her 100th birthday on the 18th of December 2013.
Thank you to all the Cedar Park staff for making her day special!

Mrs. Raynham totally overwhelmed with joy.

Enjoying her birthday card with a special message from all the staff.

Update: OT Renovation

We are all very excited about our new OT Centre. It now just needs a name... any suggestions?

One of two newly created wheelchair accessible toilet rooms.

Doors and windows to the conservatory are in and the roof is going up.
Tiling of the floors nearly completed! 

Magnificent Volunteers!

Without Volunteers it would be impossible for Person-Centered Care to be a reality at Ron Smith Care Centre. Our Volunteers really are magnificent! They have love and compassion for our residents and brighten up our lives everyday!
On the 9th of December we said thank you to our Volunteers at a special afternoon tea.

George and Shirley McTaggart (front), Denise McGee (back left) and Edna van Rensburg (back right). 

Marjorie Ronald and Elaine Nasatyr.

 Mother and daughter duo, Hannie Roex and Veronique Wilson.

A wonderful afternoon of sharing our life enriching experiences at Ron Smith Care Centre!


Our Occupational Therapy Technicians (Salina and Dinah) recently started make-up groups for our residents and they just love being pampered.

Marjorie Gittings and Jeanette Wainer enjoying some "me" time.

Beulah Millstein ready for a night on the town!

Dinah Mnguni (OTT) with Jeanette Wainer and Annatjie Steenkamp.

Christmas Decorations Competition

On the 28th of November we held a Christmas decorations competition. The staff were invited to make their unit look the most festive. There were strong competition from Lakeside and Riverlodge 3 however in the end Woodlands were crowned the 2013 winners.
All Woodlands staff were treated to a Special Tea on the 11th and 13th of December.

The winning Christmas tree!

"Tis the season to be jolly..."

The Winners! Well done Woodlands!

Lakeside, looking wonderfully festive!

Great initiative from the staff in Riverlodge 3, they even made their own Christmas banner.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Spring, a rekindling of hope!

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The Spring rains will come again.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

 Lovely to wake up to the beautiful smell of Spring!
The Lakeside lounge transformed with a colourful Spring display.
 Frieda Le Sueur and Sarah Lombard enjoying the Spring display.

 Joy Mowat enjoying her flower garden! A gardener to be reckoned with...

The newest Spring arrivals at Ron Smith Care Centre.

The Occupational Therapy Department is getting a new look!

We are expanding the OT Department here at Ron Smith Care Centre (RSCC). Building work started on the 21st of October 2013 and is scheduled to be finished in about six weeks' time.


We are establishing a Day Care Facility that will be accommodated in the new and much larger OT Department.


Our vision is for the Day Care to provide a much-needed chance for respite to someone who cares for a person living with dementia.


Our storeroom will be transformed into a lounge.

 All that is left of our OT Department.

Our temporary home in the  dining room while the renovation is under way.

Spring Fair 2013

The Elphin Lodge Spring Fair was held on Saturday, 26 October, 2013. A fantastic family day out! Thank you to all who contributed to making this year's Spring Fair an event to remember!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


On 18 July 2013 Elphin Lodge and Ron Smith Care Centre celebrated the birthday of a living legend, Nelson Mandela.
Delicious birthday cake with all 95 candles! 

A special table for our honoured guests from the Selwyn Segal Centre.

The dining hall at Ron Smith Care Centre filled to capacity. A great turnout to honour Tata!  

Entertainment provided by the Selwyn Segal Cultural Group. 

Staff in their traditional dress.

Chocolate Truffle-making

In a recent Friday baking session we tried our hands at the art of making chocolate truffles. What a delicious morning it was! As the saying goes, "Chocolate doesn’t make the world go round, but it sure does make the trip worthwhile!"
 Marjorie Gittings did not mind getting her hands dirty!

Extremely delicate work moulding your truffles, as demonstrated by Fred Deysel. 

Kathleen Cronning opting for a glossy finish on her truffles.

Rob "sweet tooth" Wilson.

Paws for People

The Paws for People team visits Ron Smith Care Centre every second Wednesday of the month. Their visit is always the highlight of our week!
They have a mission to bring together dogs and people in a warm, non-threatening manner, allowing them to interact positively through use of a controlled and friendly approach.

Kathleen Cronning deep in conversation with Heidi. 

A drink and a nap with William Whitecross. 

EVERYONE enjoying the movie!