Paediatric Rehabilitation Services

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

A second Chance at Childhood – Children come to St Joseph’s Home for the care and therapy which will allow them the best possible chance of growth, development and happiness when they are discharged and return to their families, communities and schools.

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (PRS) provides high-quality, complex paediatric rehabilitation services to children as in-patients and out-patients of St Joseph’s Home to ensure that they achieve optimal healing and independence.   Rehabilitation services are provided by the highly skilled, multidisciplinary rehabilitation team as required to all patients in the home and intensive therapeutic care is provided in a dedicated ward specially equipped for the purpose, the Sunflower Ward.

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Team consists of seventeen staff members, namely: The Therapeutic Manager, three Physiotherapists, three Occupational Therapists, two Social Workers and an Auxiliary Social Worker, two Speech Therapists, three Rehabilitation Care Workers, one pre-school teacher and one Psychologist.

The Rehabilitation Service treats such conditions as:

  • Neurological Conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Guillain Barre Syndrome, encephalitis, HIV Encephalopathy, TB meningitis
  • Neurodegenerative conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Amputees
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Spinal conditions
  • Trauma such as Pedestrian Vehicle Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, blunt trauma, spinal cord injuries
  • Developmental delay

Rehabilitative Care Packages may be Short-term or Medium-term In-patient or Out-patient Paediatric Rehabilitative Care Packages to deliver improved functional outcomes. Home-based rehabilitation and monitoring is offered once children are discharged from St Joseph’s Home.

Children are referred to St Joseph’s for Paediatric Rehabilitation Services by public hospitals in the Cape Town Metro region, mainly the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital.  Any medical facilities, such as district hospitals, community-based clinics and private hospitals may refer patients to St Joseph’s if they meet the criteria for admission and need intermediate care and rehabilitation.

On admission to St Joseph’s each patient is assigned to a multi-disciplinary team and evaluated to determine his/her therapeutic needs; treatment plans are developed in the required disciplines.  As time passes, children are assessed continually to determine improvement in their condition.  The results are discussed in meetings of the team and the need for further therapy and amended care plans is agreed.  The service applies a patient-centred and family-centred approach, involving family members in the child’s treatment as much as possible to ensure the best result during treatment in the Home and after discharge.

Therapists provide training to nurses and care workers and the patients’ families.  Internship opportunities are provided for students outside official university terms and clinical placement for students as part of the curriculum at local universities.

The application form and the criteria for admission are available on the website.