Resident evicted from John Conradie House

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The Association for the Aged (Tafta) confirms that Mr Glen Chapman, an occupant of Tafta’s John Conradie House, is in the process of being evicted from the home following an extensive 3 year long legal process which was argued on 2 August 2018 in the Durban High Court. The Court granted an eviction order in favour of Tafta but it was suspended for 3 months to, amongst other things, afford Mr Chapman additional time to find alternative accommodation. After three months and in October of this year, the Court granted […]
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Tackle the Trails in support of Tafta’s Festive Drive

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Entries have just opened for Tafta’s signature Trail Run, to be held at the Virginia Bush Nature Reserve in Durban North on Sunday, 18 November. The annual event, which is planned along an eco-route to appeal to fitness enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels, also heralds the launch of our annual Festive Drive to collect Christmas “cheerboxes” of essential toiletries for elders. So by participating, you’ll not only enjoy a morning’s fun exercise – you’ll also help make it a happier festive season for elder people in our homes […]
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Tafta benefits from vintage motor show, Concours d’Elegance

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Record numbers of classic motoring enthusiasts converged on the Durban Country Club in August for the prestigious regional Concours d’Elegance, Durban’s first classic vintage motor show. Proceeds from the show were donated to Tafta recently, when organisers Mr John Aritho and Mr Avish Maharaj handed over a R10 000 cheque to our CEO Femada Shamam. Said Aritho, “Tafta was identified as the charity beneficiary by Concours d’ Elegance Durban – both in celebration of the organisation’s 60 years of existence, and to illustrate our commitment to recognising and celebrating an […]
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Thank you for being you!

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If there’s one thing we can count on, it’s the generosity of Tafta’s amazing friends and supporters! A huge thank you to everyone who chipped in recently to ensure needy elders receive good, healthy meals every day . . . as well as warm clothing and blankets, and badly needed toiletry items such as body wash, aqueous cream and toilet paper. So far, 2018 has been a tough year, with several fuel price hikes pushing up the price of everything from public transport to basic groceries. Whilst many people are […]
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Doorman with a difference

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John Conradie House resident, Mr Jaques Manacourt, is confined to a wheelchair. But rather than sitting around doing nothing all day, he decided he would become our unofficial doorman. Before he came here seven months ago, Jaques lived alone. Being rather shy, he struggled to make new friends. But all that changed since he became a familiar face at the front door. When he’s not manning the front door, Jaques enjoys being pushed along the beachfront in his wheelchair by his new friend and fellow resident, Frank. “I love going […]
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Hooray for Humphrey

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Humphrey the dog is no stranger to pain and fear. Before he was adopted by his present owner, he was hit by a car and left to die. Perhaps as a result of having his own life saved by a kind human, Humphrey has developed into the ideal therapy dog – friendly, patient, confident and gentle. He loved being stroked and petted by the elders at Tafta on Ridge, and they thoroughly enjoyed his visit. When you think about it, it’s hardly surprising – we all crave the companionship of […]
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Ready to ‘face’ the world – thanks to you!

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Remember Mrs Isaacs*, the lady who suffered a stroke that left her completely paralysed and dependent on us for her every need? Thanks to special ‘angels’ like you who sponsor the cost of her care, she is safe and happy at John Conradie House. Her family visits at least once a week and are so grateful to Tafta – and you. After learning that Mrs Isaacs never used to leave the house without putting on her make-up, staff in our frail care unit started doing her make-up for her every […]
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Ensuring your home is suitable and safe

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If you choose Ageing in Place for yourself or a loved one, you may need to make some changes to your home. Steps As we get older, climbing steps becomes more difficult. • Replace steps with ramps • Install an elevator or stair lift • Relocate the bedroom to a room on the ground floor Falls Weak legs, impaired balance or vision, or disorientation caused by dementia can lead to dangerous falls. • Remove loose rugs, footstools, and other tripping hazards • Install grab bars in the toilet and shower […]
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A life well lived

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In June we celebrated the 100th birthday of Tafta resident, Emmerentia Lecourt de Billot, with a small party at Tafta Lodge. Like many of our residents, Emmie has wonderful stories to tell if you simply take the time to listen. Born on 18 June 1918 at Smithfield in the Free State, she has led a life of extraordinary adventure and romance. After completing her schooling, Emmie headed for the bright lights of Johannesburg where she met her future husband, Doug Ellis, a young engineer studying for his pilot’s licence. “He […]
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