From 15 May (International Family Day) to 15 June (World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day) Badisa will support the national Go Turquoise 4 the Elderly campaign.

At the moment we have more than 4 million people over the age of 60 years in our country, by 2030 there will be more than 7 million older persons. Badisa focuses on rendering an integrated service of residential care and community-based services to older persons according to the Older Persons Act (Act 13 of 2006). Our skilled staff supports more than 15 000 people per year through our 44 Homes and 23 Service Centres for older persons.

Social workers have various roles when caring for older people and we’ve captured a few of these roles below:

  1. Supporting individuals adjust to their new environment and facilities. They also guide decision making processes in difficult situations.
  2. Intermediary role between medical teams, older persons and the family.
  3. Counselling for individuals and families in difficult situations such as death and end-of-life-care.
  4. Social workers, as part of a multidisciplinary team, plays an important role as a source of knowledge and emotional support.
  5. Social workers assist with psycho-social assessments.
  6. Social workers also play the role of advocate, to ensure that the rights of older persons are met and to ensure that services are focussed on the needs of the older persons.
  7. Social workers are required by law to report exploitation, neglect and abuse of older persons.

Badisa challenges individuals, families and business to support older persons. How do we do this?

  1. Support fundraising initiatives at your local old-age home.
  2. Donate toiletries and diapers for our frail care residents.
  3. Donate magazines and novels for our residents.
  4. Host a game night or special entertainment for our residents.
  5. Donate produce, meat or non-perishable foods.
  6. Donate wool, fabric and other craft items.
  7. Host a pamper-party for our residents.
  8. Get a birthday list of residents who don’t have family and spoil them on their birthday.
  9. Sponsor residents who need financial support.
  10. Visit frequently, the small things sometimes mean the most.

We also encourage members of the public to focus on the rights of older persons. We share these rights below:

Equality

  • The right to equality before the law.
  • The right not to be discriminated against solely on the grounds of age.
  • The right to achieve our optimal level of well-being.

Respect

  • The right to respect and the duty to respect others.
  • The right to privacy and to have our homes and possessions safeguarded.
  • The right to be treated in a fair and dignified manner by state officials and professionals who serve us.
  • The right to respect for our religious and cultural values.

Freedom

  • The right to freedom of conscience, language and belief.
  • The right to freedom of expression and association.

Contact a Badisa program near you and learn how you can support our older persons.

Badisa supports the Go Turquoise 4 the Elderly campaign. This is a campaign of Project 21, a section of the To Care Foundation. More information on: goturquoise.co.za

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