Life Springs Parkland Hospital launched the Life Rehabilitation Program last Tuesday.
“Planning for the project started in 2017 but was stopped due to issues with the city council. Then we had further delays due to Covid-19. But tonight we have the privilege of presenting our unit of rehabilitation,” said Cora Muller, the hospital’s director.
“We can now offer interdisciplinary rehabilitation right here at Parkland. »
The specialist health care service is dedicated to providing acute rehabilitative care to patients recovering from Covid-19 or serious medical illness, stroke, injury or nerve disease resulting in weakness or paralysis, head and brain trauma, serious orthopedic injury, amputation and or joint replacement and post-surgery for strengthening and stabilization and spinal cord injury.
“The team includes nurses, physiotherapists, a speech therapist, occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers and psychologists. It’s a holistic approach to rehabilitation,” explains Melanie Niewoudt, the social worker.
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According to the World Health Organization, rehabilitation is a process of enabling people with disabilities to achieve and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels.
Rehabilitation provides tools for people with disabilities to achieve independence and self-determination.
“As an occupational therapist, I use functional activities to bring people back into their daily lives to make sure they are as independent as possible,” said Anika Shepherd, part of the professional team. .
“Where patients struggle to recover to perform certain tasks, we help them find new ways to get around the things they can no longer do.”
Speech-language pathologist Stacey Kotze thinks it takes a lot of patience on the part of professionals and patients to get the best results.
“It’s difficult, especially working with adults, because they’re mostly aware of the abilities they’ve lost. Sometimes they feel like they are being treated like children. But we keep trying until they get better.
The unit will be open to the public in early May.
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