Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Rand Aid celebrates residents’ lives

 Two lives were toasted at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre when residents Lynn Kingston and Frank Lucas were ceremoniously handed mini biographies.

Friday, August 26, saw a long-time dream of the care centre’s liaison officer Phyllis Phillips come to fruition, when the first two ‘My Story’ booklets were handed over the Lynn and Frank in the presence of family, friends and loved ones.

The idea was gleaned by Phyllis on a trip to Australia. It involves a friend, volunteer or loved one spending quality time with a resident taking trips down memory lane and capturing his or her story.

A booklet is then produced, complete with photos across the ages.

“This is a therapeutic, meaningful project,” said Phyllis. “Rand Aid is amazing,” she said, in thanking the NPO for supporting the initiative. “Through the people-centred Eden Alternative programme, Rand Aid acknowledges the importance of its residents as individuals – who they are and what they are is as important as the care they receive; we are not just here to look after our residents.”

Lynn’s story was captured by Elphin Lodge resident Jean Johnson, while Frank’s was documented by his wife Pat – who lives at Elphin Lodge – and his daughter Jill Middleton.

“This is a wonderful honour to bestow on my Dad,” said Jill at the hand-over tea, adding that the book will be handed down the generations. Frank has achieved much in his lifetime, including being Mayor of Bedfordview, but his greatest success is the wonderful, close-knit family he heads. All four of his children, a number of his grandchildren and even a great grand-daughter were present on the morning.

Lynn was deprived of oxygen at birth and has lived with cerebral palsy. Despite her challenges, she contributed positively to society, working for 46 years as switchboard operator at her alma mater, Forest Town; and helping to raise Lucky Dinake, who today is a PR councillor for the DA in Bedfordview.

“You might see a little person sitting in a wheelchair,” said author Jean, “but she is phenomenal. A real dynamo.”

“Lynn was and is a mother to me – she was my best friend, substitute mother and partner in crime in our incredibly alternative family. She endured so much difficulty with so much grace and inspired me to be the man I am today,” said Lucky.

Back: Author Jean Johnson; and Ron Smith Care Centre liaison officer Phyllis Phillips, who drove the ‘My Story’ initiative. Front: Lynn Kingston and Lucky Dinake.

Three of the Lucas’ grandsons: Jeremy, Michael and Nicholas.

Pat and Frank Lucas with daughter Jill and great grand-daughter Amelia.

Pat and Frank Lucas (centre) with son Mark on the left, David on the right, and great grand-daughter Amelia on Pat’s knee. Standing at the back are daughters Jill and Lynda.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Women’s Day: Spa Pampering Session at care centre

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.