Pietermaritzburg Mental Health provides residential care and protection for adults with a mental disability and includes physical, spiritual and psychosocial care.
The Palms Residential Facility officially opened in 2012, providing accommodation for 60 adults. A large number of the residents attend Buxton Workshop where they are provided with skills development and occupation. Residents are transported safely 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 Residential Home officially opened in 1992 and provides accommodation for 80 adults. On the same property is MH Moosa Workshop which most residents attend and learn work related skills daily.
Lynn House is a beautiful Victorian Home dating back to 1896. The home is utilised by PMB Mental Health since 1991. Renovations to the home were done in 2015 and renovations to the annex was done in 2020. It houses 25 – 30 residents of which some attend the Buxton Workshop where they are provided social skills and training.
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 which provides 24 hour care. Unfortunately the Organisation does not accept applications from the public to this facility.
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 188 mentally disabled adults who require supported care. Some residents are abandoned by their families due to their inability to care for them Many residents would find themselves without accommodation if it were not for the Organisation’s residential facility program.
Residential fees are kept low and affordable as the Department of Social Development and Department of Health subsidizes the program.
The services are provided by a wonderful and professional team of nurses, enrolled nurses, 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 and Select Cleaning.
THE RESIDENTS :
Daily Programme: All residents 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 residents are expected to contribute to the running of the facility by doing basic chores such as cleaning, kitchen duties and gardening.
Residents’ committee: Two elected residents 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: Residents 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.