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Valentine’s Week at the Ron Smith Care Centre

For the residents at Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre, Valentine’s Day activities took place over the whole week!

Things kicked off in the OT Activity Centre on Monday and Tuesday, with residents creating paper heart decorations and special bath salts in various colours.

On Wednesday, the residents gathered in the hall for the monthly Lotto Concert, where pianist Chantie Minaar played the beautiful music of love!

On Thursday, taking advantage of the lovely sunshine, the residents took a walk to the Woodlands Garden and croquet lawn and had fun cheering on those who were enjoying the putt golf. They were also treated to home-made muffins and ice cream – all provided by our very special volunteers who assist with the care centre’s walking group.

Then on Friday, February 14, the residents were surprised as they entered the OT Activity Room, which was transformed into a Day Spa. The mood was set with dimmed lights, candles lit, soothing music playing in the background, a continuous slide show of beautiful nature scenes running silently, and the scent of lavender wafting through the air. Tables were decorated with red and white overlays and a sprinkling of rose petals.

A welcome drink was offered to the residents on arrival.  They had a choice between a punch of mixed berries or apricot/peach, both served with fresh blueberries. Delicious home-made snacks were then served: cheese and tomato puffs, chicken wings, mini-scones and s’mores.

After enjoying the refreshments, the residents settled in for a relaxing time with hand massages and manicures with nail polish. But there were still treats to come! The OT activity team went around to each of the six care centre wings and presented hand-made chocolates to each of the 140 residents. The chocolates were received with much joy and appreciation!

All in all it was a wonderful Valentine’s Week, with the opportunity to relax and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, get creative with Valentine’s decorations and be spoiled with relaxing spa treatments and chocolates.

The care centre residents accepted the invitation to take the time to love themselves and to allow others to show them some Valentine’s love.


Welcome drinks by candlelight were offered on Spa Day.

Linden Millard shows off the Valentine’s hearts and bath salts that were made in the OT Activity Centre

Spa day… Sharon Lesufi and Irene Watson.

A little pampering goes a long way… Sarah Richards and Corlia Schutte.

Ginny Lorge and Sharon Lesufi.

Sue Bohmke is delighted with the Valentine’s chocolates from OT Corlia Schutte.

Corlia Schutte and Ems Horn.

Edna Schley is thrilled to receive Valentine’s chocolates from Sharon Lesufi.

Gladys Rosenberg and Pam Martins.

Margaret Sinnett receives a lovely hand massage from Salina Mtshali.

Pretty in red… Phyllis Glass, Denise Stewart and Louise Newman.

Enjoying the Valentine’s snacks before the spa treatments.


Eddie Lazer lines up his shot.  Looks good!

Residents and volunteers enjoy some sunshine. Front: Megan Weeks, Debbie Christen and Louise Newman. Back: Yvonne Butts, Herb Scheiber and Dugald Paterson.

Christine Kincaid Smith, Norah Dzivhani, Shirley Makawera, Salina Mtshali and Colleen Blowe enjoying the golf.

Molly Matroos, Kathy Sen, Sherrill Singh and Dan Oi Loo.

Resident Lorraine Lowden (far right) is surrounded by the special volunteers who assist with the walking programme. From left to right: Helen Dix, Yvonne Butts, Herb Scheiber, Sheryl Emmett and Dugald Paterson.

Phyllis Glass and friends enjoying the golf!

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