SABC NEWS: In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that sweeps across South Africa and the world, strict measures are being taken by the department of social and welfare services to protect the elderly community of South Africa.
The Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre, north of Durban has resorted to swift measures by limiting access and some operations at the facility. The changes made are in line with the policies guided by the Department of Health to curb any chances of coronavirus infection transmission to the aged and elderly that frequent or live at the facility.
Fathima Khan Harripershad, social worker and general manager of the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre spoke to Newsbreak executive producer Salma Patel on afternoon news show to explain the impact facing the facility. Harripershad explained that 200 to 300 elderly visitors are transported daily to the centre however with the national disaster of the coronavirus pandemic these senior citizens will not be able to visit the facility until further notice. Family visiting hours have been restricted at the frail care unit as we all for residents on the centre property and hygiene measures have been increased across the centre.
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The elderly spend their day-visit interacting with other members indulging in various activities including meals and therapy services. The non-profit organisation north of Durban provides care and support for the terminally ill as well as end-of-life respite and palliative care for resident and visiting patients.
If anything, prayer is important right now, what this world needs now is a lot of love and prayer.Fathima Khan Harripershad, General Manager Verulam Day Care Centre For The Aged
The facility also offers counselling and support services for families of patients. The facility has home-based care services for the elderly and frail who are unable to travel to the largely-popular senior citizens centre. Training courses in nursing and social work services are also offered while a meals-on-wheels programme provides food for older persons.
Check out their Facebook page here to learn more about the Verulam frail care centre and like Harripershad said, prayer is important people so go on go namaste and send out a prayer for the world!