What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists help a person to recover following an incident, by treating the person holistically (physically and mentally) ,using activities of everyday life such as cooking, driving, bathing or dressing. This incident can be a stroke, hip or knee replacement, back pain or a motor vehicle accident. Any event that changes the way in which a person can participate in  everyday activities.

Services offered

  • Assessment of your needs whilst you are still in hospital or once you get home
  • Advice, support and source of the required equipment
  • equipment rental
  • Assist in ordering equipment via your medical aid
  • Supply care workers and manage and train them to your individual needs.
  • Handle all logistics regarding payment of care workers
  • Medication management
  • Community support resources ( shopping, take to hospital appointments, hairdresser, etc), handyman services)
  • Advice on minor and major adaptations required in and around your home
  • Detailed care plan to allow you to recover in your own home without all the worry or stress.
  • Liaison between GP, patient, family and other role players.
  • Contact your care coordinator now.

Costs

Very few medical plans will cover the cost of aftercare at home, there are a few pilot projects with certain medical AIDS underway, but in most cases it won’t be covered.

Care worker fees range between 15-30 rand per hour, depending on how long you need them and if they sleep in.

A monthly administration fee applies.

Care costs increase on Sundays and public holidays.

A full time ( sleep in care worker) will cost around 11 000 per month or 180 per 12 hour shift. Prices subject to change.

Your rehabilitation and initial assessment could be covered by your medical aid. some equipment might also be available through your medical aid, but not the rental of equipment.