We asked some Certified Eden Associates (of 2017) to share the one change they are proud of, here is what they shared (And we are proud of them!)
Arusha Maharaj Senior Manager Procurement TAFTA, Durban
“My department very rarely has the opportunity to interact directly with our Elders, but your training helped us understand ourselves within their homes and this brought fresh motivation to our tasks.
One thing I’m proud of, is that now we ask. Ever since our eyes and ears were awakened, being the buying department, we ask what is desired and most suitable before we buy. We also ensure we educate our service providers to understand this is our Elders homes and should be respected as such. Small victories"
Rahida Hassan. Wellness activities coordinator, TAFTA, Durban
“The one transformation for me was including our elders in my decision making when it comes to activities and events, providing a platform whereby our elders have a say in the planning and execution of activities and events, this enables me to encourage more meaningful activities. Since becoming an Eden Associate my volunteer and residents meetings / gatherings / feedback sessions have become more regular which is been fantastic!! Happy Elders …"
Sifiso Ngidi, Administrator, Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged, Durban
“One of my highlights that has affected changes in the lives of the Elders at Issy Geshen was when we held a couple of sessions with only male Residents when we discussed issues that directly affect men in general and this was about them in particular at the Home. Their behavior patterns and mannerism changed towards one another and they started to embrace each other as “Brothers” instead of just another stranger from the other side of town.
These sessions were called “Men-to-Men Dialogue” and it also included all male staff. The manner of approach towards each other changed and they command respect amongst themselves. The in-fighting and bullying stopped. Each morning those that are mobile, organize themselves to walk together around the perimeters of the Home in what they call the “morning walk” something that they never did together."
Richard Bekker, Former Manager, Summit Village- Methodist Homes, Roodepoort
“The Buddy Board system to welcome new residents is running well and everybody is happy with it. Welcome packs are in place and we also have info packs at the gate for weekends when the offices are closed. It is working very well. A coffee bar was started by the residents, for the residents; on Fridays and it is a huge success."
Alani Voigt, Manager,Tuiniqua Centre, George
“Hier het baie verander, maar hoogtepunte is dat ons nie meer besoekure het by ons versorgingsafdeling nie, mense nie meer in die “nag” gewas word nie en dat ons wegdoen met die naam van ons versorgingsafdeling wat altyd die afdeling vir verswaktes was. Ook sekerlik die opleiding van meer van ons personeel en ‘commitment’ van ons beheerraad dat ons steeds meer personeel wil oplei."
Daleen Viljoen, Care Manager, Residentia Bethlehem
“Ek dink die grootste verandering by Residentia Bethlehem volgens my is die spyskaart keuses wat geimplimenteer is. Inwoners het nou keuses wat hul oggend, middag en aand eet. Die maak van keuses het so ‘n groot verskil gemaak, hul voel bemagtig en het weer ‘n stukkie beheer oor hul lewens teruggevat. Dit was die grootste en moeilikste verandering en het ongelooflik teenkanting van personeel gekry, maar die moeite werd op die ou einde van die dag."
Also read the storie of elders taking over the kitchen in Residentia Wilgerus, Frankfort.
Adele Grubb, Matron, Amberfield Retirement Village, Howick
“Colleen and I working closely together with our newly launched “Amber Care Package". Started in November last year as we identified that the path to the Care Centre was too severe. We currently have 15 residents who are able to stay in their cottages with assistance, to the astonishment of their children. Getting assistance, food and services has helped their independence. We also established a puzzle room for several residents."