Life at Livewell
At Livewell, we ensure the highest possible quality of life for our residents through a range of meticulously designed specialised care programs and activities based around the needs of each particular individual. Our tailored care facilities combine an array of activities, dedicated companions, world-class care and luxury private homes to ensure a dignified and fulfilled way of life for all of our residents affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or how much you know. We are all the same. You get reminded of how life can be unfair, and the residents are just amazing even though they suffer from this disease.”
Sean Van Wyk,
Quality of Life Manager
Everything we do at Livewell is based solely around each individual. There are a myriad iterations of this disease which, combined with a variety of personalities, means there cannot be a one size fits all solution. Our highest commitment and utmost attention is given to each resident and our memory-care specialisation allows us to integrate our world-class, multidisciplinary team of care-providers, including: Nurses, companions, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers and even in-house hairstylists.
Livewell also provides ongoing training for our carers across all spectrums of the organisation to ensure they consistently deliver excellent care for our residents and your family.
- 24/7 specialised dementia care
- Permanent residence
- Couples residence
- Frail care
- Support groups
- Medication management
- Doctors’ visits
- Dental hygiene
- Occupational therapy
- Personal grooming
- Day and holiday care
- Activities programme and outings
- Pet management
“…it’s how I would want my own ouma or oupa to be cared for.”
Head of Healthcare
Our best in practice health care providers and facilities are a fundamental part of the Livewell offering. Access to a General Practitioner and external specialists, if required, form part of this offering, as well as an oral hygienist to ensure a holistic approach to well-being for our residents. As a guiding principle, natural, healthy interaction and stimulation will always take preference over medication at Livewell ,and for this reason a transparent, shareable medication management program has been implemented so that and your family know exactly what is being administered and when.
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Besides the beautifully appointed spaces our residents enjoy, we also encourage families to tailor their suites with their own personal pictures, ornaments and furniture. Pets are not only welcome, but encouraged, allowing for a positive familiarity for them in a tranquil, relaxed setting.
“…just be a bit friendlier and have a bit more patience and then life is easier…”
Adrie Du Toit,
Quality of Life Leader
Our therapeutic programs ensure a memory-care focused lifestyle by actively engaging with the individual needs of our residents and addressing their unique requirements. Livewell Villages offers social, cognitive and physical stimulation through a series of rewarding activities that can be enjoyed by residents as well as day visitors.
Upon admission, each resident and their family is interviewed by our occupational therapists in order to develop their own personalised activities and support program. Each individual’s history and needs are evaluated based around their work life, self-care and leisure and are then incorporated into their timetable. Companions are trained to expertly assist our residents with these activities and therapies through which they form friendships which become an indispensable part of our skilled care offering, adding warmth and purpose to our residents’ daily lives.
The Livewell Family is focused on providing a bouquet of care services that underpin excellence in Quality of Life, Personal Care and Activities to our residents.
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“She just wants her special hair treatment and her daughter from England thanks me every day.”
For an organisation that prides itself on specialised, personalised care, the small things obviously count for us. Being treated to some pampering at the salon forms part of this holistic view. It allows our residents a calming and comforting experience with our professional groomers and hairdressers.
“There is a lot of uncertainty around dementia, but it’s about seeing the human being.”
Upon admission, each resident and their family is interviewed by our occupational therapist to develop their personal activities programme and we see this as a pivotal role within our organisation and one of the first points of contact. Our therapeutic programmes ensure a memory-care focused lifestyle by actively engaging with the individual needs of our residents and addressing their unique requirements. Livewell offers social, cognitive and physical stimulation through a series of functionally rewarding activities that can be enjoyed by residents as well as day visitors. The Livewell Family is focused on providing a bouquet of care services that underpin excellence in Quality of Life, Personal Care and Activities to our residents and occupational therapy is a vital cog in our holistic approach.
Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread, but incorrect, belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.
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Do you know who you would want to make decisions for you in the event you’re no longer able to?
- An earlier diagnosis allows you to be open with your family and support network about what you want during each stage of the disease. This can give you peace of mind, reduce the burden on family members and prevent disagreements.
- Planning ahead allows you to express your wishes about legal, financial and end-of-life decisions. You and your family will be able to review and update legal documents, discuss finances and property, and identify your care preferences.
- You can also address potential safety issues, such as driving or wandering, ahead of time.
“He wouldn’t talk much but he spoke to me a lot.”
Vongani Safina Tshogwe,
We provide a safe and serene environment where everyone feels included, can remain independent for longer, and can maintain a sense of choice and control over their lives. We welcome live-in spouses, encourage freedom of movement both indoors and outdoors, and are pet-friendly. Over and above this, our incredible care workers and nursing staff are the soul of our organisation. Their compassion, professionalism and dedication allows you peace of mind as they become like family members who care for your loved ones as you would.
“It just feels right here. My soul is fulfilled on a daily basis.”
Head of Staff Training
Dementia remains an enigmatic and widely misunderstood disease but new strides are being made every day around the world. Our Heads of Training are dedicated to continuously learning as much as possible and empowering our staff from the top down with their knowledge.
There are many misconceptions surrounding this disease and some fallacies, which need to be laid to rest to give us all a better understanding of it.
Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging.
As people age, it’s normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met. However, dementia is more than occasional memory loss. It’s a disease that causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, an individual may forget the name of a longtime friend or which roads to take to return to a home they’ve lived in for decades.
Myth 2: Only older people can get dementia.
Dementia can strike people in their 30s, 40s and even 50s. This is called younger-onset dementia (also referred to as early onset). It is estimated that there are more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. This includes the over 5 million people age 65 and older, and 200,000 people younger than age 65 with younger-onset dementia.
Myth 3: Drinking out of aluminium cans or cooking in aluminium pots and pans can lead to dementia.
During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminium emerged as a possible suspect in dementia. This suspicion led to concern about exposure to aluminium through everyday sources such as pots and pans, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminium in causing dementia. Experts today focus on other areas of research, and few believe that everyday sources of aluminium pose any threat.
Myth 4: Silver dental fillings increase the risk of dementia.
According to the best available scientific evidence, there is no relationship between silver dental fillings and dementia. The concern that there could be a link arose because “silver” fillings are made of an amalgam (mixture) that typically contains about 50 percent mercury, 35 percent silver and 15 percent tin. Mercury is a heavy metal that, in certain forms, is known to be toxic to the brain and other organs.
Myth 5: There are treatments available to stop the progression of dementia.
At this time, there is no treatment to cure, delay or stop the progression of dementia. While some treatments can help people to live with their symptoms a little better, there are no treatments that slow or stop dementia. This means that the disease will continue to get worse over time unless new treatments can be found quickly.
Myth 6: Dementia is only a Western issue.
Dementia is a global issue – it’s a common myth that dementia is only an issue in the western world. The largest increases in dementia expected over the next 20 years are actually in places like China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dementia is a truly global health issue, affecting 46.8 million people worldwide.
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“We know the people that we are working with so we understand them very well. We know what they like.”
Mercy Tokoyo, Cook,
Kitchen Team Leader
There is a powerful connection between memories and food, which is why at Livewell we strive to provide the best home-cooked meals possible every single day. Our dedicated team of nutritionists, cooks and kitchen staff strive to make it just the way our residents like it, while always bearing in mind the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet.
“To love and care and serve, that’s my motto.”
Tannie Sarie Kressfelder,
As humans, companionship is one of our most powerful natural need states. It connects us through shared experiences, communication, laughter, and just being there for each other. Again, it is a critical aspect of Livewell’s highly developed, specialised dementia care. Our companions are those beautiful people who have a calling in life to simply help others, and give thoughtlessly of their time and energy. They are more than just individual dementia carers and specialist nurses: they are friends, allies and confidants. With this disease, we realise the value you will place on the constant care and compassion provided by our remarkable Livewell companions.
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Over and above caring for our permanent residents, Livewell offers those suffering with dementia the opportunity to join us as day or short term visitors and to participate in our holistic and rewarding activity programmes within a safe and serene environment – all with the care of our dedicated, professional staff.
Our Day Care packages:
Holiday / Overnight care
Includes all Livewell care and facility services
(Limited to 30 consecutive days)
Full day care
Include nursing care, nutrition (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) and two activities
(From: 09h00 – 17h00)
Half day care
Include nursing care, nutrition (Breakfast, lunch and snacks) and one activity
(From: 09h00 – 13h00)
What do we offer?
- A daily activity programme with many activities and exercises to choose from.
- Support services for people with dementia and their families.
- Nutritious meals and snacks.
- Medical and health services, if required.
- Social interaction and stimulation.
- The perfect solution for caregivers with daytime commitments.
- Safe environment with free movement.
- Pet friendly facility.
“…something I have made with my own hands, so it’s a bit like home to me.”
Besides our personalised dementia care facilities and staff we pride ourselves on our beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Gardens that are bursting with life and colour add a welcoming and familiar environment for our residents to explore, and with special events, birthday celebrations and family visits encouraged at any time, our landscaped retreat offers the perfect backdrop. This setting is another of the myriad ways in which Livewell sees every aspect of our business as a vital component in treating our residents.