Guardian ‘angels’ protect our most vulnerable elders

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Special thanks to the members of our exclusive ‘Guardians’ circle, for contributing towards the cost of frail care for needy elders. At Tafta we offer 24 hour nursing care, so for someone like Mr H – a 78 year old divorced state pensioner with no children, your caring kindness is a true blessing. Mr H has Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He is incapable of caring for himself. Initially we provided a home based carer to help him with bathing and meals. But his condition steadily deteriorated, and […]
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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Message from the CEO

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On 12 May 2021, we celebrated International Nurses Day at Tafta. It was an opportunity to acknowledge our frontline heroes for their dedication, patience and exemplary service throughout the difficult days of 2020 and 2021. Our nurses go the extra mile to ensure residents’ safety, comfort and care. I am so proud of the way they stepped forward to complete the training that qualified them to administer the Covid vaccine to elders right here in our Homes. My gratitude is echoed in the note of appreciation from the family of […]
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Letter of Appreciation

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We, the family of the late Mrs JD Henry, would like to express our appreciation to all those at JCH Frail Care Unit who cared for her. Thanks to the staff nurses and sisters who kept us updated on our mother’s physical and emotional state and needs, especially during lockdown. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Sr. Erica Bothma who, even when she was off duty, took the trouble to keep us informed pf any changes in our mother’s condition, and who made it possible, with very strict protocols, for me […]
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Let’s not forget the grandparents!

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Get ready to celebrate the International day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021. It’s the perfect opportunity to show the older generation that they are appreciated … and to spend some precious time together (should conditions allow) to combat the loneliness experienced by many older people. Be sure to take time to listen – grandparents have wonderful tales to tell about bygone days … and snippets of information about long gone family members … that help create a richly woven identity of where we come from. We can also […]
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Elders volunteer to help out

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While some elders reacted to the Covid-19 Lockdown with anxiety, dismay or anger, others used the opportunity to step in and help. John Conradie House resident, Basil Usher is a people person, who enjoys interacting with others. He volunteered to ‘man’ the front entrance, bottle of sanitiser at the ready, making sure that everyone was protected before they entered the building. “I also help sanitise deliveries of groceries and medication, and take these up to people’s rooms,” he says. “And I pass messages from their families, who aren’t allowed into […]
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Moms are special (so are dads!)

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Huge thanks to all our friends and supporters for making sure our elders felt the love on Mother’s, and Father’s Days. Our moms, especially, enjoyed lots of treats – including gifts, cards, flowers and cakes. The entire Mother’s Day weekend was full of suprises, joy, special messages and deliveries. Thank you to all who participated, as well as to the many generous friends who made donations in honour or memory of their moms. Your messages of support meant the world.  
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Maintain daily telephonic contact

Tips to help elders living on their own through the current crisis

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For so many of us, the past week has wrought havoc on our lives. Faced with war-zone like conditions, we are experiencing unprecedented levels of human crises of a magnitude never seen before. As we fight daily to keep our families safe, our possessions intact, and our emotions in check, South Africans – in particular, those in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng – are particularly worried about loved ones living apart from us. Those lucky enough to live close to their nearest and dearest can support one another other. But for […]
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Volunteer residents

Involved and in charge – how older people benefit from being able to make their own decisions

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It’s no secret that elders were the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Apart from fear and anxiety at the thought of becoming seriously ill – they had to learn to live without any of the activities that bring them joy: visits from loved ones … family outings … connections with friends over tea and bingo … trips to the shops and the chance to pass the time of day with acquaintances they bumped into. In house volunteers During Lockdown, Tafta’s in-house volunteers really stepped up to […]
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