Care is best for the ill

2015-08-11 06:00
A few of the Rose Parents Project beneficiaries with staff from Lentegeur hospital.

A few of the Rose Parents Project beneficiaries with staff from Lentegeur hospital.

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The general adult psychiatry (GAP) team at Lentegeur hospital hosted an intimate appreciation event at the hospital for participants of the Rose Parents Project.

In existence for more than 28 years and the only one of its kind in the Western Cape, the Rose Parent Project provides community-based foster care for institutionalised psychiatric and intellectually disabled patients who would otherwise have nowhere to go.

Gap in careThe project was established since existing group homes were full, with long waiting lists.

The GAP team handed over grocery parcels to the project’s parents as a token of appreciation for their hard work. The grocery items were collected during an internal food drive at the hospital.

100 families“The Rose Parent Project, comprising 100 families in 14 suburbs of Cape Town, is proof of the success of Western Cape government health and the community partnering to take care of those in need of care.

“It is a strong indicator that persons with mental illnesses do not need to be institutionalised and that their best chance at recovery is being in a caring environment,” says Dr Robert Wicomb, a specialist psychiatrist and head of the GAP team.

Good quality life“Over the years more than 200 patients from Lentegeur hospital have been placed into the care of the project, enabling many mentally ill clients to go back into a good quality life in the community – we are exceptionally thankful for their willingness to assist,” he adds.

The foster parents do not receive any form of compensation

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