The Association for the Aged (Tafta) unveiled a unique visitor pod that allows families to reunite with
their older relatives in a new, safe space at old, aged homes on the 19 October 2020.

The visitation pod, which was designed and co-sponsored by Ayoba Board and Accessories is perfect for two family members at a time to visit with elders in a separate space from the retirement home.
According to the director of Ayoba Board, Shaun Mohanlall; the design went through various tests to ensure the space allowed for proper ventilation: “When Tafta contacted us, we were very much up for the challenge. The team looked at meeting the objectives of a safe and sanitary visit, with the additional consideration to providing an intimate space for family reunions.”

TAFTA had started brainstorming ways in which it could reunite elders with family from whom they were isolated, during the country’s heaviest Lockdown Level 5, which prohibited visits to old aged homes. “To isolate older people from the rest of the world during the pandemic was the most difficult trial we had to face as an organisation that bases its model of care on challenging helplessness, loneliness and boredom in the older population. It is also not a sustainable or healthy lifestyle and we needed to find a solution to meet the needs of elders and their families, whilst still abiding by Lockdown regulations that still encourage minimal visitation to old aged homes. We had heard about visitation pods being introduced in the UK, but the funding for this innovation became difficult given the financial climate in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Femada Shamam.
CEO of Tafta.

Ayoba Board is thankful to have received the opportunity to be a part of this project. Our company hopes that this pod will be a sanctuary that will build and keep relationships intact during the pandemic. We hope that it will serve as a safe mechanism that will allow individuals to feel comfortable and at home when interacting with their loved ones.

This pod was donated to give thanks to the elderly for their contribution towards our society as well as to our lives. We believe that these individuals should be given the credit, respect and dignity that they deserve as it is time for our society to give back to them as they have given to us over the years.
We deeply hope that the individuals at TAFTA enjoy this gift as much as we had the joy in putting it together.

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