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Frail Care



September has truly been a month of new beginnings at the Fisantekraal Centre for Development.

After much anticipation and with tremendous support from the Durbanville community at large, we proudly launched the Frail Care course at our Durbanville training facility on 7 September with 7 eager Frail Care learners.

Deliane Nel and Lynette van der Meijden, registered nursing professionals, have taken on the responsibility of equipping these learners with the skills required for Community Based Care Givers.

 The main purpose of the course is to equip those with an enthusiasm for caring and an interest in basic nursing care with the skills needed to care for the most vulnerable members of our community. The course starts off with 6 weeks of theory, followed by 6 weeks of practical training at a frail care institution and a final week of theory and assessments.The course content includes

  • Ethics of caring at a Health Care Centre and Private Houses
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and normal
  • Taking care of the patient’s environment
  • Mobility
  • Personal care of a patient
  • Maintaining health and functionality
  • Care of patients with specific problems
  • Death and dying
  • Basic First Aid
  • Caring for an infant, baby or child

DSC02032We are encouraged by the good relationship we have with the Aristea Home for the Elderly. They have opened their doors to provide a practical environment in which to implement much of the theory covered in the course.

We trust that the relationship that FCD has with the Durbanville community will lead to job opportunities for the Frail Care workers that complete the training course.

We invite members of the community with a desire to appoint a frail carer to contact us for the recommendation of a suitable candidate.

We also encourage families to upskill their existing staff (with a heart for caring) by sponsoring them to participate in the frail care course – thereby equipping those with whom families already have a close trust relationship to provide the level of support that the frail require.