June Newsletter

Official Newsletter Of Totalcare



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In 1927, Francis Peabody, a professor at Harvard Medical School, famously noted in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
“The treatment of a disease may be entirely impersonal; the care of a patient must be completely personal. The significance of the intimate personal relationship between physician and patient cannot be too strongly emphasized, for in an extraordinarily large number of cases both diagnosis and treatment are directly dependent on it.”
"One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient”.
Since it was published, it has become part of medical school curriculum and is said to be as valid today as it was at the time he first presented it.

Even though we miss our families, our residents have each other.
Growing old gracefully is a choice. Aging is unavoidable and the perception thereof depends greatly on our cultural and social influences. Instead of experiencing old age as a celebration and achievement, the western world often perceives it as undesirable and depressing. Youth is what most long for instead of longevity and health.

Our aim should be to revere old age and not focus on physical and mental deterioration but on the deeper meaning of having lived a long life. It should also be seen as an opportunity to impart knowledge and experience on the youth. This will encourage respect and desirability amongst the younger generations. As cited by Diane Koopman: “In some cultures, the hierarchy of age is observed closely and to be an elder in a family or community is something that is given authority and admiration.”

They are cared for by their families or the greater community in a different way. Often children will care for their parents or grandparents and the community is accessible to the elderly.
They are visible in public spaces and are catered for and included through accessible services. The cultures that value aging the most are those that reflect on their own mortality.

Now, in the midst of the Coronavirus, this is even more prevalent.
Revering mortality and respecting aging seem to comfortably walk hand-in-hand. When we respect the aging process and those who have already walked that road, our own mortality attains a deeper meaning.

Instead of trying to ignore or prevent aging it might be sensible and even healthy to embrace the inevitable with enthusiasm and fervor. Surrender to the predictability of aging.

Live mindfully in the present and continue into old age, gracefully.

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” ― Socrates

Even if we can't always see them or hug them, may we celebrate them, appreciate them and love them. May we be loyal and thankful and amazed by our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and men in our lives. They have sacrificed for us, indulged us and cared for us. This month, and every moment left to us, may we value them for the man, father, provider, support and meaning they had in our lives. An enormous gratitude is befallen to us by the unlimited grace entrusted to us by the hands of our fathers. We value you!

Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg

image of St Michaels Village

Sophisticated and Settled

Our National Nursing Services Manager, Petra Swanepoel, was introduced to our Director Cornel Nieuwenhuizen, two decades ago at St Michael's Village in Weltevreden Park. This was the start of a vision and story that would grow to include seven facilities, 300 residents and 500 caring staff members. St Michael's Village will always be the origin of Totalcare Living and a great measure of our success and growth. Take a look at this beautiful village here
Images from St Michaels Village