Better, local care settles for good

2016-03-29 06:00
A few of the community-based rehabilitation care workers with a patient.

A few of the community-based rehabilitation care workers with a patient.

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A pilot project launched in Mitchell’s Plain last year will now be implemented permanently.

The project, aimed at bringing care closer to patients who cannot access hospitals, now sees care workers serving about 2700 people with disabilities in the Mitchell’s Plain subdistrict.

The aim of the pilot was to deliver accredited rehabilitation care worker training. Twenty-eight of the graduates of the training programme have found local work.

Of these, 20 workers are from Klipfontein and Mitchell’s Plain, with 12 of them basing their work in Mitchell’s Plain.

The group reaches 136 families through their community-based services.

“The main aim of this project was to improve access to specialist rehabilitation services at community-based services. Care workers have undergone an intensive two-year training period. The practical training was inclusive of adult, paediatric, community and intermediate care exposure,” says Fatima Peters, comprehensive health programmes manager.

The trainees graduated in 2014 with a higher certificate in Disability Studies.

“The key objective of this project was to improve access to this important service. This has been achieved with several individual success stories in the Mitchell’s Plain area. Clients who previously could only access the service at one of the very congested community health centres can now be seen in their homes, appropriate community-based sites and in the intermediate care facilities in Mitchell’s Plain (for adults) and in Klipfontein (for children),” says Peters.

If you would like to get involved, contact any of the following people:

. Peters on 021 370 5006 or fatima.­peters@­

. Ruwayda Hull (occupational therapist) on 021 370 5000 or

. Nerosha Mohamed (speech therapist) on 021 370 5015 or nerosha.mohamed@­

. Waseema Abrahams (audiologist) on 021 370 5056 or waseema.abrahams@­

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