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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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Message from the CEO, Femada Shamam

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Following the national address from our presidency on Sunday night, it is imperative that I communicate with the people at the heart of Tafta – our dear elders and your family members. For the last 15 months, we have all adjusted to different ways of living, and new ways of keeping in touch. I must thank you for your ongoing patience and openness to the necessary changes we have had to make in line with the national regulations to safeguard your health and wellbeing. With the arrival of the third […]
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Elder neglect

Elder rescued from neglect

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Recently we received a call for help on behalf of 76 year old Mr M. He has benign prostate hyperplasia, hypertension and elephantitis. This causes enlarged, swollen feet, making it difficult for him to walk. He needs help with most activities of daily living, which his carer was unable to provide, although she was trying her best. Mr M had been living at his girlfriend’s house and, after she died, he had nowhere to go. He never married and has no children of his own. Fortunately her daughter has a […]
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Today is Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and we invite you to follow our campaign on social media, which highlights common types of abuse, causes and solutions provided by Tafta. Follow our Facebook page This year, we acknowledge the impact that Covid-19 has had in exacerbating social and economic hardships on families, which we believe increases the risk of exploitation and abuse of older persons in South Africa. There are no official reports available on the status of elder abuse during the pandemic. However early reports on domestic- and […]
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Elder abuse – recognise confusing signs and symptoms

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Elder Abuse is everyone’s business. If you suspect that an elderly person may be the victim of physical, mental or financial abuse, please contact Tafta without delay. At Tafta, we hear about cases through face-to-face contact, telephone calls and emails, often anonymous, where abuse is either suspected, alleged or witnessed. All suspected and reported cases are investigated immediately, and prompt action taken to protect vulnerable elders or remove them from abusive situations. Signs and symptoms of elder abuse can be confused with the natural ageing process Unfortunately, elder abuse is […]
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Elder abuse

Speak up to save elders from abuse

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Like child abuse, the abuse of vulnerable elderly people is particularly objectionable, and unlawful. When someone deliberately hurts a child or elder who is too weak or afraid to protect themselves, it goes against every sense of decency, humanity and compassion. But, just as a new mother may be driven to lashing out after one too many sleepless nights, those caring for elders can also break under stress. Especially if their care goes unnoticed or is misinterpreted as trying to control the elder and they are subject to a constant […]
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Tafta Vaccination drive continues

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Covid-19 vaccinations continue at Tafta with visits from the Department of Health to Tafta homes, and Tafta staff and elders visiting designated vaccination sites outside of Tafta facilities. To date, a total of 889 elders, 92 staff and 135 outsourced staff have received the vaccination Over 60% of Tafta’s elders have willingly had their jabs, and we are happy to report there have been no instances of adverse effects. We thank the Department of Health for their continued endeavors to help us achieve herd immunity in our Homes, and look […]
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vaccination roll-out at Tafta on Ridge

Vaccination roll-out begins

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Wednesday 19 May was the long awaited moment when the Department of Health came to Tafta on Ridge to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to our elders. This marked a historic moment in our fight against the disease, and offered an encouraging glimpse into a future where the threat is over and life can return to normal. Elders at the home were eager and relieved to get their vaccinations, together with the assurance that even if they do get the disease, symptoms are likely to be mild and the chances of […]
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