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BA Hons (Social Worker)
Elria obtained her Honours degree in Social Work in 2012 at the University of North West-Potchefstroom campus. She worked at various welfare organizations in Mpumalanga, predominantly specializing in the field of substance abuse and addiction at SANCA Lowveld, where she was employed for the past 6 years.
Elria joined the Alzheimer’s team in May 2021. She is passionate about the elderly, providing family support, helping families seek the right care provision, providing training to care givers and care providers as well as committed to providing awareness to the communities.
Alzheimer’s Mpumalanga’s regional office is situated in the MAXSA Building in Mbombela, c/r Streak and Ferreira Street. Debbie Day is the administrator based in this office, 3 days a week. Monday, Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 8am-12pm.
We provide family support to all families who have a loved one diagnosed with dementia and ensure they are supported from the onset of symptoms to the final stages. Our vision is to ensure dementia friendly communities exist in all communities in Mpumalanga, that stigma is reduced and all health care workers are trained to care for people living with dementia.
We have 3 satellite offices across the region providing community awareness, family support and training to homebased care providers and health care workers.
– Oakley, Bushbuckridge open 5 days a week
– Mganduzweni, near Numbi open Monday, Wednesday and Friday
– Middelburg open 5 days a week
We provide a range of family support including family direct family sessions, telephonic / email support as well as running support groups at various old age homes in the Mbombela area. We also started a dementia friendly support group for people living with dementia and their caregivers. This has been highly successful as a wonderful opportunity to socialise and have fun in a setting that is dementia friendly.
We have trained many health care workers in various settings from home-based care settings, old age homes and hospital settings. Our 2-day course has been extremely popular as it is practical, engaging and very informative. It is adapted to suit the health care setting so that it becomes relevant and any difficulties can be addressed. Recently online training is the preferred method of delivery and this is easily arranged.
Please contact us to discuss a tailor-made training packages.
All our services aim to provide information, knowledge and create better understanding about dementia. We partner with the Department of Social Development to create awareness at community events and road shows. This reduces stigma and misinformation as well as promoting dementia friendly communities.
For information on any of the above-mentioned services or any enquiry please contact our office on 013 752 3578 Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 08:00 am and 13:00 pm.
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BA Hons (Social Worker)
Collette is a qualified social worker with 20 years clinical experience working with families. Collette lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 15 years. Collette’s father was diagnosed with dementia in 2012. This personal experience lead to Collette becoming interested in understanding dementia, seeking professional help, understanding the complexities of the diagnosis. Collette returned to South Africa in 2016 to be near to her family who live in White River and started working with Alzheimer’s SA Mpumalanga in 2017.
Collette has completed numerous dementia courses and has become an expert in the field. Collette is passionate about family support, helping the families seek the right care provision, providing training to care givers and care providers as well as committed to providing awareness to the communities.