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In more than eight decades, St Joseph’s has given over 23 000 medically fragile children a second chance at childhood. We believe that no child should be left behind because of the circumstances they were born into or their need for ongoing medical care, rehabilitation and psycho-social support after being discharged from hospital.

In the Western Cape, with a population of 6,2 million, there is only one institution that provides intermediate facility-based care for children with chronic or life-limiting conditions.

Located in Montana, Cape Town, St Joseph’s is a non-profit paediatric intermediate care facility providing post-acute palliative, restorative, rehabilitation and respite care. We serve severely vulnerable communities and act as a bridge between acute care in hospital and the patient going home.

The 175-bed facility offers the infrastructure, expertise, compassion, support and care to holistically treat and rehabilitate children through a multidisciplinary approach of 24-hour nursing care and rehabilitation.

Patient-centred nursing and rehabilitation care

Our patient-centred approach means that medically fragile childrens’ needs are at the core of our thinking and practice at St. Joseph’s. On average a patient spends 6 months receiving 24-hr nursing care, and rehabilitation therapy from a team of physio-, occupational and speech therapists.

Our holistic approach to further support a patient’s recovery process also includes nutritional, psycho-social, logistical, educational and spiritual support. Parental empowerment and education helps to improve medication adherence and understanding of the patient’s medical condition when they are discharged.

It is imperative that children are not confined to a hospital environment longer than necessary. Medically stable children who need post-acute care are referred by public hospitals and we work closely with the referral team to optimise the recovery process while the patient is in our care.

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How can I help St Joseph’s?

St Joseph’s is a registered non-profit organisation operating in a complex and increasingly challenging funding landscape. Therefore, without funding from corporates, trusts and foundations and individuals we would not be able to continue delivering quality healthcare to medically fragile children.

The patient profile of admissions in recent years has changed and requires intensive and holistic care plans with the full spectrum of supporting rehabilitation therapy and nursing services. The needs of the facility increase year on year and we have a dedicated fundraising office for resource mobilisation and development and in-kind donations.

Although every effort is made to implement cost-saving measures, we are in need of funding to ensure our patients’ recovery process is secure and they reach their rehabilitation milestones. On average a child remains in our care for 6-months and we rely on donations to ensure their stay with us is as comfortable as possible.

You can help the children of St Joseph’s my making a once-off or monthly donation to our main Adopt-a-Bed Project via our secure payment platform. Our annual shortfall per bed is R44,000 – covering all their needs from meals to clinical interventions.

Leaving a gift in your will can make all the difference in the life of a medically fragile child. You will give the patients we work with the dedicated support that they need and a life that they could never have thought possible. You will help them heal and have the childhood they deserve.

Friends of St Joseph’s have initiated their own fundraising campaigns from running sponsored marathons to making us a beneficiary of their birthday celebration. The options are endless!

Would you like to find out more?


We would not be able to do the work we do without the support of donors and individuals. Help us change the life of a medically fragile child.

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