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Quality care at Ron Smith Care Centre — Lyndhurst, Gauteng

Quality care for older persons is offered at the Ron Smith Care Centre, where the emphasis is on creating a homely, happy atmosphere. The well-appointed centre offers comfortable accommodation within Elphin Lodge retirement village which incorporates the village and the care centre seamlessly into a happy, active social environment.

Only the second care centre in Africa to receive Eden Alternative registration, Ron Smith Care Centre offers quality care for 160 people in either single or double rooms, with or without private bathrooms in a choice of wings. Visit Eden Alternative’s website to learn more about this care philosophy. Click here.

The surroundings are pleasant and secure, enhanced by trees, well-tended gardens and dams with a variety of bird life. Dotted around are benches, offering residents, their families and friends the opportunity to enjoy peaceful periods outdoors. A coffee shop with outdoor and indoor seating offers a tempting menu for visitors and residents.

Rand Aid Association recently opened a specialised dementia unit at its Ron Smith Care Centre. The unit boasts 32 single rooms, most of which lead onto a spacious covered veranda. Families are encouraged to personalise each resident’s room by bringing pictures, a favourite chair and other items that will make the resident’s life comfortable and pleasant.
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Apart from dementia-specific care, Ron Smith offers mid care, assisted living, full frail care, respite care when the regular carer needs a break and recuperative care after hospitalisation or illness.

All the above are offered on a long- or short-term/temporary basis and all rates include full board and lodging, laundry, occupational therapy services, 24-hour nursing care and a doctor on call.

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Other Amenities Offered:

  • Interdenominational Chapel
  • Library
  • Card Room
  • Billiard & Snooker Room
  • Clubhouse
  • All rooms with TV aerial connection points
  • Crafts & Recreational activities
  • Entertainment
  • Podiatry services*
  • Physiotherapy*
  • Hairdresser and Beauty Therapist/Manicurist*
  • Village Shop
  • Transport to nearby shopping centres
  • Elphino’s Coffee Shop

*at residents' cost

Residents are welcome to avail themselves of all facilities and amenities offered at the complex.

A choice of well-appointed garden units or inner rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and ample built-in cupboards, suitable for single persons or couples. Rooms are furnished with favourite pieces of furniture to create a “home from home” atmosphere. Charming and cozy sitting room and dining facilities are offered.

Cedar Park
Double rooms with veranda access for couples, or for one person requiring a spacious suite with separate bed and sitting areas. Also spacious, inner single rooms. All rooms are en-suite with ample built-in cupboards. As with residents of Woodlands, residents in Cedar Park are urged to bring items of furniture and pictures for their comfort. Private dining facilities and sitting rooms create a warm and homely atmosphere.

Lakeside offers single rooms with private toilet and handbasin. Adequate space for a few favourite items of furniture and direct access to the gardens.
Private dining facilities and comfortable lounge areas for visiting family and friends.

River Lodge
Offers single rooms with handbasins, the majority leading on to a spacious covered veranda. The rooms offer adequate space for a favourite chair and a television. Bathroom facilities are shared. Meals are taken in the main dining room. Pleasant and comfortable television/sitting rooms are available for residents and their visitors.

Ron Smith Care Centre’s Specialised Care for Persons with Dementia

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is growing worldwide and the situation in South Africa is no different.
As this is a progressive disease, it is often very difficult for family members to care for the person with dementia at home. The loss of memory and understanding, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks as well as behaviour, personality or mood changes place a heavy burden on the primary caregiver. These difficulties are more pronounced if the carer is an elderly spouse or an adult child trying to cope with the conflicting demands of his/her own family, holding down a job and taking care of the parent.

It is therefore no surprise that care centres for older persons experience an increased demand for the admission of persons with dementia. Although a large number of persons with dementia can be cared for in the normal frail care setting, there are those individuals for whom care can best be provided in a specialised unit.

The specialised unit at Ron Smith Care Centre boasts 32 single rooms, most of which lead onto a spacious covered veranda. Families are encouraged to personalise each resident’s room by bringing pictures, a favourite chair and other items that will make the resident’s life comfortable and pleasant.

The large lounge and inter-leading dining room are pleasantly decorated and provide a social space as well as room for activities. Stimulating activities, according to residents’ abilities, are provided on a daily basis under the guidance of its own full-time occupational therapist. These activities include arts and crafts, sensory stimulation and music therapy. Nursing staff have participated in training courses presented by Alzheimer’s South Africa and are well qualified to take care of this very vulnerable group.

Fees include board and lodging, nursing care, doctor’s consultations, bed and bath linen as well as a laundry service. There is a physiotherapist on site and a podiatrist visits on a regular basis. A hairdresser and a beautician/manicurist provide valuable personal care on site as it is important to maintain the dignity of residents.

The large landscaped grounds of the Ron Smith Care Centre attract a variety of birds and provide many opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature.
For more information, contact Phyllis or Helen at Ron Smith Care Centre 011 882 6296 or email or


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