Mental illness

Elders battle mental health issues

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Despite the recent easing of lockdown restrictions, many of us are not finding it easy to bounce back from the stress, anxiety and depression felt over the past year. This is especially true of the elderly. In recent months, Tafta social workers have identified ten new cases of mental illnesses within our Homes, bringing the number of elders affected to 207, or 13% of the total Tafta elder population. Special care Elders suffering from mental illness may need round the clock care, for their safety and the safety of others. […]
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New suppliers on board

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Tafta is excited to announce the appointment of two new suppliers to our organisation in the next few weeks. From Monday, 15 March 2021, we welcome the Durban South Skills Development (DSSD) Laundry, which will provide laundry services for Tafta homes from a new base at John Dunn House in Wentworth. We love supporting local community businesses, especially when they provide employment for people with disabilities. We wish owner, Adele Walker, everything of the best in this new partnership with Tafta. From 1 April 2021, we will be using a […]
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Dealing with grief

Dealing with grief during Covid

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Since March last year, over 50 000 South Africans have died of Covid-19. Add to this the normal number of deaths from other diseases, accidents and natural causes, and you realise that hundreds of thousands of people are mourning the loss of loved ones right now. Coping with grief at any time is distressing. Losing someone during the coronavirus pandemic, whether to COVID-19 or to other causes, brings additional challenges. In cases where the deaths were unexpected and sudden, you might feel shocked and totally unprepared. Apart from the normal […]
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“You have cancer”

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With the world’s attention consumed by the Covid-19 Pandemic, other life threatening diseases such as cancer have been largely pushed into the background. And yet, cancer continues to claim lives, especially the lives of older people, who are at greater risk of developing the disease. Older people with cancer have the highest risk of dying if they become infected with Covid-19. Cancer prevention But, while we all social distance, wear masks and sanitize our hands regularly to protect ourselves from Covid, we don’t invest nearly as much time and effort […]
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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Message from the CEO

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Finally, we saw the back of 2020! But not before a spike in Covid-19 infections, the emergence of a new, faster spreading variant of the disease, and a return to Level 3 Lockdown. At Tafta, the new year began with continued efforts to protect our elders and staff. We are deeply saddened by the loss of some members of our Tafta family, and extend our thoughts and prayers to their loved ones. But, if nothing else, the pandemic has shone a spotlight on elder care, and the need for every […]
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Ma Priscilla says, ‘thank you’

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Area Manager, Abel Naicker, recently received this delightful note from a Tafta resident. I have long been wanting to write and commend you and your staff for the way you treat us elderly people. The mission and principles of Tafta are always displayed by you and your tremendous staff – they’re not just ‘sayings’ on the wall. I believe this is because of your outstanding leadership. “Son, you are always polite and ‘hands-on’ in all our social activities and sports. May our loving Father Jehovah bless you for all your […]
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Elma gets her Century!

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On 17 November 2020, Mrs Elma Noyle, celebrated her 100th birthday with a party for family and friends at her home at Tafta on Ridge, where she has lived for the past five years. Before that, she lived at Tafta Lodge for 20 years. We can’t take all the credit for her longevity, but the care she receives at Tafta speaks for itself! Social worker, Jackie Snyman, describes Mrs Noyle as happy and active. “Mrs Noyle is one of those people who never complains. She is very active, with Bingo […]
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Why support Tafta?

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From making a small donation in response to an appeal in the past 20 years ago, to the decision to leave a bequest to Tafta in her Will, Mrs C is one of our most loyal supporters. She describes the staff at Tafta as ‘unsung heroes’ and believes that the government is not doing nearly enough for its old people. “Private funding is required,” she says. “Elderly people are last in the queue when a donation is considered. Children and animals seem to take precedence. But we owe our elderly […]
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Keeping busy during lockdown

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With the return to Lockdown Level 3 at the beginning of the year, our elders have been happily occupied, while social distancing, with a variety of activities: * Designing and sewing face masks. * Helping with our admin duties when we were short staffed. * Knitting and other crafts aimed at alleviating boredom and promoting a sense of achievement. * Gardening, reading and praying – food for the soul. * Participating in memorial services for those we have lost, allowing elders the opportunity to talk about what has happened, work […]
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Call for Corporates to dig deep to help care for vulnerable older people

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The Association for the Aged is calling on Corporates and funders to dig deep to help the aged in our care, as we battle to close our deficit funding gap. This follows a dramatic drop in state, and donor funding, and an accompanying increase in Covid-19 expenses. Tafta receives a state subsidy for elder care that is approximately 7% of what is needed. Compounding the shortfall, Tafta has been receiving only 50% of its usual funding allocation from the state for its service centres. “Tafta has to fund a 64% […]
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