24 hour specialised care is provided by professional nurses, staff nurses and trained care-givers.
Nursing and care-worker staff provides basic care such as bathing, feeding, oral hygiene and tending to minor illnesses such as influenza and common colds. Our residents are not able to dress, feed, bathe or toilet themselves – all these daily tasks have to be done for them by the Woodside care-givers, all of whom have received training in first aid and home based care.
Our residents are taken to several other health practitioners for services we cannot provide ourselves, as follows:
- Dental care – residents are taken to the Tygerberg Dental Faculty for dental assessments and treatments
- Re-boarding of medication – residents are taken to the nearest community health Centre’s for re-boarding of medication
- Doctor’s visits – residents are taken to private doctors (if on medical aid) and to community health centre’s (if not on medical aid)
Provision of nutritious meals are a priority and input has been received from a dietitian to ensure that a balanced diet & specialised needs are met well. It is notable that our residents’ overall conditions and immune systems reflect this good intake, as general health is good.
Caregivers receive ongoing training regarding appropriate feeding methods to ensure that mealtimes are a good experience for our residents.