The therapy department, consisting of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech therapy will be piloting an exciting
new program. Rehabilitative services will now be offered to children outside of St. Joseph's Home. By offering our services
to the wider community, we are able to extend our services to more children with life-changing disabilities and empower their
caregivers to provide them with appropriate care.
In addition, the current policy from the Department of Health to reunify patients with their caregivers within a much shorter
period has made it imperative to empower parents to take comprehensive care of their children with disabilities. St. Joseph's
Home will be embarking on a pilot programme between September-November 2013 which will accommodate approximately 6 new patients
who will stay at our facility for a period of 2 weeks at a time.
They will undergo short term intensive rehabilitative treatment. Their caregivers will attend a minimum of 3 training sessions
during this time, where a proper care plan will be put together and a skill transfer will take place. After this 2 week period
the child will be returned to the care of the parent/caregivers and will receive weekly visits from our community health worker
for the first 3 months.
Thereafter monthly visits will take place. Our overall aim with this program is to empower the parent/caregiver with the
necessary skills to look after their special needs child effectively. We trust that the investment we make in our parents will
make a sustainable difference in the lives of these children through the services offered. We will keep you posted on the
developments of this exciting new project!