Elders remain upbeat as Covid-19 spreads

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Captured in the video above is a beautiful moment of joy and laughter at Tafta on Ridge, which really lifted our spirits. Yesterday, while their home was being sanitized following yet another case of Covid-19, Tafta on Ridge staff and elders enjoyed a fun dance outdoors. Please note the clever use of the umbrella to ensure the dancers kept their social distance while having a good time. What awesome talent and wonderful spirit we have at Tafta!
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Kevin Rebellious

Live fundraiser a crowd pleaser

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Our first virtual fundraiser, which was streamed live on Facebook on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July, was a big success. No fewer than 14 artists – comprising singers, dancers, DJs, radio and television personalities, magicians and comedians – performed free of charge to keep our audience glued to their devices throughout the show, which raised over R50 000 towards the care of elders at Tafta. We were especially touched by these artists’ willingness to give freely of their time and talent during lockdown, when their own livelihoods were on […]
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Tafta on Ridge

11th Covid-19 case discovered at Tafta

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Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has entered a new Tafta home – this time Tafta on Ridge in the Overport area. An 80 year old man in the Independent Living section began displaying flu-like symptoms last week. He was transferred to a private health care facility, where he tested positive for the virus. The home’s care team has made contact with the Department of Health (DoH) and our social work team have begun the screening process in preparation for DoH testing. This patient is not doing well and we ask that […]
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Tafta Park

3rd Covid-19 case recorded, at Tafta Park

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A third Tafta elder, a resident at Tafta Park Care Cottage in the south of Durban, has been found to be Covid-19 positive following admission to a private hospital in Durban yesterday. As part of the hospital’s pre-admission procedure, the elder, in her 80’s, was tested and results today confirmed her positive status. She will remain in the hospital. Three care staff, two kitchen staff and the home’s sister, together with the eight frail elders in the Care cottage have been put into immediate isolation whilst they await results of […]
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John Conradie House/Langeler Towers

New lockdown for JCH/Langeler Towers Complex

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On 22 June, Tafta Managment received news of a second elder testing positive for the Coronavirus. This elder has joined the first patient at the state quarantine facility in Clairwood. We await the results of four remaining elders who were tested and placed in isolation last week. To date, all staff have tested negative, but those who had contact with the infected elders have been asked to self-isolate with a new staff complement being rotated into the building to care for the remaining residents. After much consideration and careful consultation […]
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Crisis: Coronavirus outbreak at Langeler Towers

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Our worst nightmare has just come true. Yesterday, one of our residents at Langeler Towers tested positive for Covid-19. For over 600 elderly men and women who live here – and in the adjacent John Conradie House – it is devastating news. Everyone is aware that this is the age group most at risk from the disease. Now we have to react quickly to ensure it doesn’t spread. That means screening and testing a vast number of our residents, as well as all the impacted staff. We need to immediately […]
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Spreading Covid-19

When going out is tantamount to elder abuse

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Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2020, The Association for the Aged has issued a warning that elder on elder abuse may be triggered by Covid-19. “Elder abuse is defined as ‘a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person,” explains Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam. Tafta shelters up to 2 000 older people in 13 homes in the eThekwini region. Residents who are determined to […]
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Lockdown wellbeing

Survey indicates elders’ wellbeing affected by Lockdown

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In May this year, Tafta initiated an informal survey to assess the wellbeing of elders during the Lockdown. Of the 224 elders who responded to us nationally, we found that increased anxiety and fear were a real issue for older people. Latest statistics indicate that over half (56,2%) of Covid-related deaths were in the 60-99 year age category. For many, increased anxiety translates to physical ailments, making this segment even more susceptible to the impacts of the pandemic. The informal survey found the following experiences by the elder population were […]
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Tafta on Ridge

Message to all Tafta Residents

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Dear Elders, On Sunday, 24 May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move from Corona virus alert level 4 to alert level 3 as of 1 June 2020. Moving to alert level 3 is by no means an indication that the country has won the battle with the Corona virus pandemic. In a recent meeting of aged care management, I was shocked to learn that a single infection found in a care home in the Western Cape resulted in more than 70 asymptomatic positive tests in that […]
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Lockdown Level 3

Lockdown Level 3 – what does it mean for Tafta residents & their families?

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On Sunday, 24 May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that, after ten weeks of lockdown, South Africa would move from Coronavirus alert level 4 to alert level 3 as of 1 June 2020. The reason he provided was that, in the preceding weeks, it was necessary for the country to initiate a state of preparedness for when the pandemic reached peak infection rates during the coming winter months. As a second reason, the President mentioned that with a great majority of our workforce having been out of work for almost […]
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