CONTEXT OF THE CARE CENTRE PROGRAM
The Hambisela Care Centre Program focuses on providing support to day- and residential-care centres which accommodate children with cerebral palsy.
Many of the day-care and residential-care centers which Hambisela focuses on were started by parents as a means to care for their own and their community’s disabled children, and also as a means to earn an income.
Alhough daycare and residential-care centres are required to comply with standards set by national legislation, many of these do not have the resources or the know-how to comply, and in many cases they do not have access to the specialized expertise required to provide care for children with cerebral palsy.
OBJECTIVE OF THE CARE CENTRE PROGRAM
The objective of the Hambisela Care Centre Program is to utilize the Hambisela training programme and the specialist expertise of the Association’s professional therapists to build the capacity of the target care centers to provide a more structured stimulation programme and more therapeutically-correct handling and positioning to the enrolled children with cerebral palsy. This will help to enhance the children’s development and help those children with potential to meet specific criteria to enter schools, and so access quality education.
The program is the Association’s response to the observed need for the intervention, as well as to the specific need identified by parents of children at the centres and the staff and supervisors at the centres.
OUTCOMES OF THE CARE CENTRE PROGRAM
The program comprises a structured programme to achieve the following outcomes:
- Caregivers who have a working understanding of cerebral palsy as a condition, and the required skills to provide quality therapeutically-correct daily handling and care for children with cerebral palsy in the care centres;
- Functioning stimulation programmes to provide the appropriate stimulation to children in the centres, and caregivers who are trained to implement the programmes;
- Detailed assessments of the individual needs of children with cerebral palsy, and individual care / handling programs for each child provided to the staff;
- One week of intensive daily therapy provided to each child, with observation / experiential learning by caregivers to enable them to undertake the individual care / handling (not therapy) programs;
- Assessment of each child with cerebral palsy for their specific needs for assistive / positioning devices, and best options for appropriate toys;
- Parents / home caregivers who have a working understanding of cerebral palsy as a condition, and the required skills to provide quality therapeutically-correct daily handling and care for their children in the home;
- Positioning equipment, assistive devices and appropriate toys provided for children with cerebral palsy for use within the care centre and in the home;
- Follow-up evaluation of the implementation of the programmes and learning within the care centre and the home;
- Assessment of the Care Centre for compliance with legislative requirements, and an implementation plan to achieve compliance and registration with the Department of Social Development.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CARE CENTRE PROGRAM
The steps of implementation are shown below: