La Récolte August Newsletter

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Dealing with COVID-19

Lockdown at La Récolte

Health Talk

Recipe of the month

Supporting a loved one affected by COVID-19

Lockdown at La Récolte

There is no doubt that we are currently living in unprecedented times as the past few weeks has been a very challenging time for our residents. COVID-19 has affected our beloved residents forcing the estate in total lockdown.

Residents have supported each other in this difficult time as some have been tested positive and some have lost their lives.

Catharina Matthysen has recently passed.

Rina was the Chair person at La Récolte

Body Cooperate, she was an exceptional leader, mentor to many and loved by all.

Her death has left a huge void amongst

our residents.

We would like to send our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Petra Hattingh has recently passed.

Petra was a teacher, mother and one

of our oldest residents.

Her death has left a huge void

amongst our residents.

We would like to send our

sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Soms is dit seer,

want dit sukkel om dìt te keer, Soms sit ons stil en dié dink is flink,

dan kom herrinering weer skerp na voor.

Ons koester en bêre vir later se sit

as die leemte ons toevou en verlange aanhou tot ons weer gaan sit en wag vir n nuwe dag.

Anonymous Resident


Dealing with COVID-19

These are unusual and trying times and if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, know that you’re not alone. With so much going on in the world, it’s only natural to feel scared, or to find yourself dealing with a lot of negative thoughts. With all of the challenges caused by

COVID-19, finding ways to refocus and stay positive can help you keep moving forward and make the most of every day. Many people are feeling isolated and lonely. There is a lot of uncertainty and bad news going around, and this can lead to high levels of stress. “Compassion fatigue” is very real and it can cause exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, and depression. At the same time, we know the power of positive thinking!

Finding and appreciating the good things in life can go a long way, especially in a difficult moment.

Here are a few ways to find positivity, even in difficult times:

Take care of your body.

Our mental health and physical health are intimately connected.

Look for laughs and humor.

Taking time to laugh can have some seriously positive effects.

Reach out to a friend or family member — even remotely!

Skype, Zoom or call your family, friends or neighbors.

Get clean and organized.

Living in a clean and organized space can reduce stress.

Give yourself permission to step away from the news.

Take a breath and re-group.


Health Talk Seniors Citizens and Arthritis

Feeling stiff? Experiencing joint pain? Blaming it on getting older?

What is Arthritis?

Inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. Different types of arthritis exist, each with different causes including wear and tear, infections and underlying diseases.

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

Symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion and stiffness.

What can I do to improve my Arthritis?

It comes down to eating a healthy well-balanced diet, exercise, weight loss if one is obese, and getting enough sleep. All require effort and the willingness to change some life-long habits in the interest of feeling better. It is also important, especially for those who have been living with arthritis for a while to learn the best ways to manage whatever physical limitations they have. Wearing the right shoes, using a cane if necessary, or getting some help from a physical therapist with how to properly align the body and stretch to increase or maintain mobility, these are all important details to evaluate.

The good news is that there are many ways to help reduce the severity of flares and chronic pain. It is important to consider all the aspects of treating arthritis. Proper treatment and support from a doctor or physical therapist are as indispensable as being proactive in changing our personal habits. Exercise and diet can help fortify and strengthen the body.


Recipe of the month

Coffee and Cremora tart


▢ 200g tennis biscuits, crushed

▢ 100g butter, melted

▢ 250g cremora coffee creamer

▢ 125 ml milk, chilled

▢ 385g tin condensed milk

▢ 125ml lemon juice

▢ 50g dark chocolate, melted

▢ orange zest and slices

▢ pinch of sea salt

▢ fresh basil


▢ Grease a 25cm tart tin with nonstick spray.

▢ Mix the biscuits and butter well.

▢ Use to line the tart tin, pressing down firmly. Chill until needed.

▢ Put the Cremora and coffee in a bowl and mix well.

▢ Add the condensed milk and beat well.

▢ Continue to beat while gradually adding the lemon juice, the mixture will thicken.

▢ Spoon into the crust and smooth the surface.

▢ Chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.

▢ Spread the melted chocolate over the tart.

▢ Sprinkle the zest over and arrange the orange slices on top.

▢ Add a sprinkling of sea salt and chill until set.

▢Garnish with basil.


Supporting a loved one affected by COVID-19

Do you have a friend, family member or neighbor that has been tested positive for COVID-19?

How can i help while staying safe?

Make a call to see how the person is doing.

Drop off meals and groceries at their front door.

Ask if they need financial assistance to buy their vitamins or medicine needed to recover.

Remember to take care of your own mental health during this difficult time. This may mean making extra time for self-care activities.


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La Récolte

Retirement Village

Contact Residentia Trust at: 021 9756794

Cnr of Old Oak & Mountainview Road, Ridgeworth, Stellenberg


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