We are unable to utilize the full ward for beds because the patients need an activity area and this is taking up the space of 12 beds. Total capacity for the Florence Nightingale Ward is 52 beds.
If a patient is able to regain mobility and independence – they are discharged. We do not keep patients who are able to care for themselves.
We have now commenced building the second phase (dining / activities / day care room, toilets, big kitchen, wrap around veranda, rehab room and upstairs x 6 rooms with bathrooms for 36 patients.
The 12 bed baby ward (above the lobby / office area) will be opened once the building has been completed. Before lockdown we had raised the funds needed for the bricks to build the walls and throw the first floor slab for the second phase. The floor slab will be thrown towards the end of June and then they’ll have to wait 21 days for this to dry before building can continue.
Funds for the second phase plumbing, electrical works, veranda, windows, doors and roofing = R1 200 000.00 are required.
(Quotes for roofing, windows and doors and Cretemix have been secured).
Offers of assistance for this project will be gratefully received.
Philakade is making a difference in many people’s lives.
Impact once completed:
112 children / adults with disabilities receive optimal residential patient centred care. Philakade continues to run at 100% occupancy
30 people with disabilities are cared for as ‘day patients’.
Publicity is drawn to the complete lack of facilities for people with disabilities needing 24-hour nursing care who do not have access to medical aid
Rehabilitation of people who have not previously been able to access rehabilitation facilities
The consolidation of and further development of a community outreach network to care for children and adults with disabilities who are destitute, abandoned or whose families are struggling to care for them
Training of 50 community carers in special needs
Advocacy at a municipal and regional level together with other organisations working to help people with disabilities.