Giving hope - 100-year-old female care home resident survives Covid-19

Giving hope - 100-year-old female care home resident survives Covid-19

- Four elderly residents at Woodside Care Centre in Cape Town all tested positive for Covid-19, but have since recovered

- The oldest one to have beaten the virus is a 100-year-old woman

- The assisted living facility in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch was credited for their superb efficiency in dealing with the coronavirus threat

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The coronavirus pandemic has left many people around the world in a state of panic and fear.

The sky-high infection rate and disturbing fatality rate serves as a constant reminder of the threat of the virus.

However, an elderly woman residing at a assisted living facility in Cape Town has offered a sense of hope to all.

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Woodside Care Centre is based in the affluent suburb of Rondebosch and is a home away from home for up to 43 elderly residents.

Four of the residents tested positive for the coronavirus, one of which is 100 years of age. learnt that all of them have made a full recovery.

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The care centre devised their own action plan when reports surfaced of the havoc caused in Wuhan and Italy.

Two weeks prior to South Africa enforcing its own level 5 lockdown, the centre had already initiated its own one.

Woodside Care Centre manager, Sister Lindsay Donnachie, explained: “Keeping the Centre in full lockdown and not allowing families or friends to visit was extremely tough for all involved but we wanted to protect the residents, staff and ultimately the entire village from the virus."

The centre also enlisted the help of Vlame Occupational Health & Safety to ensure the correct protocols were in place.

Vlame’s CEO and health and safety specialist, Jaco Wessels, said: “The protocols to be implemented are fairly standard and I acted as a guide and facilitator to ensure these were implemented. What changed the game in Woodside’s favour was the instant cooperation and willingness to step up. The Centre can be extremely proud of this.”

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