THE PALMS, PIETERMARITZBURG CITY CENTRE
The Napierville facility was bought and after renovations, it opened in 2012, providing accommodation for 60 mentally disabled adults. Residents at the facility also participate in skills and support programs to improve their mental disability. A large number of the residents attend Buxton Workshop where they are provided with skills development and occupation. Residents are transported to and from the workshop.
The Palms has a swimming pool which is used under supervision, and has huge grounds with beautiful trees.
PATHMAVATHIE PILLAY HOME, NORTHDALE PIETERMARITZBURG
LYNN HOUSE, PIETERMARITZBURG CITY CENTRE
The home provides residential care for older persons, who often find living in a home with a larger group of residents, many from a younger generation with different interests, a challenge. The programme focuses on the needs and comfort of older persons.
The 22 residents, who transferred from the Society’s four other facilities to Lyn House during December 2014, are happily ensconced in their new home.
JOAN TENNANT HOUSE, PIETERMARITZBURG CITY CENTRE
Joan Tennant House provides an extensive Independent Life Skills Training programme. Residents learn various life skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting their finances and time management. This enables each resident to learn new skills, which allows them to become more independent .
As the facility is in the centre of the city, some residents walk to the local art gallery and or go shopping.
SUNNYSIDE FARM , BULWER
After 20 wonderful years the Sunnyside Farm has recently been put on the market to be sold. All our residents and our staff will be moved into the existing facilities and place of employment. Currently there are no admissions to the farm.
ML SULTAN FRAIL CARE CENTRE, NORTHDALE PIETERMARITZBURG
When residents from our residential homes become physically frail and aged, more focused attention is required. They are then moved to the Frail Care Centre situated in Northdale which provides 24 hour nursing care. The Society is not able to accept application from the public to this facility.
The house, situated on the same grounds as the Inkanyezi Workshop has been renovated and will be ready for occupation in 2015.
ABOUT THE SOCIETY'S RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMME
Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society provides residential care and protection to adults with mental a disability in the KZN area which includes physical, spiritual and psychosocial care.
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAMME
The purpose of the programme is to provide affordable accommodation, care and protection to adult persons living with a mental disability.
The Residential Programme provides twenty four hour care for about 220 mentally disabled adults who require supported care. Some disabled members are abandoned by their families due to severe behaviour problems. Many service users would find themselves without accommodation if it were not for the Society’s residential facility program.
Residential fees are kept low and affordable as the Department of Social Development and Department of Health subsidises the program.
THE SOCIETY’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICE PROVIDES
Physical care and protection
Assistance with finances e.g. managing their money
Psychosocial care including: educational sessions and life skills training for residents
Individual counselling and group work services provided by part time Social Workers
Daily programmes and routine which includes attending the Protective Workshop or open labour employment education and recreation plans for the year. There are monthly events and outings and religious and general holiday celebrations
Sport opportunities and exercise are organised on a regular basis. Sports days, galas and soccer and netball matches are also organised through the workshops.
STAFF AT THE RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
The services are provided by a wonderful and professional team of nurses who are enrolled as nursing assistants and trained care givers who are supported by social workers, admin and maintenance staff.
Catering for the facilities is provided by Capitol Caterers. Cleaning and laundry services are provided by Bidvest Managed Solutions and Select Cleaning companies.
FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE USERS (MHCUs):
Daily Programme: All resident MHCUs are expected to attend the Protective Workshop or be gainfully employed in the open labour market through the employment programme. They walk or are transported to the workshop daily, according to their ability and health.
Tasks: All resident MHCUs are expected to contribute to the running of the facility by doing basic chores such as cleaning, kitchen duties, security and gardening.
Fundraising: MHCUs are encouraged to become more involved in fundraising.
Residents’ committee: Two MHCUs represent all the residents at each facility at the monthly meetings held by the Manager and staff. This allows them to participate in the running of their home.
Advocacy Movement Meetings: MHCUs representing the residents run their own committees that meet monthly with residents to discuss issues regarding the running of the facility. Issues concerning food, discipline, rules, security, maintenance, entertainment and transport are then discussed with the Manager at the monthly staff meeting. This results in improvements, changes, investigation or future planning, and has proved insightful and very useful.
Advocacy Movement Training: The elected representatives from all residential facilities and protective workshops, receive specific training on their rights and responsibilities every second month.