28 Feb 2013
The Oasis care centre has had its license upgraded from a sub-acute to a physical rehabilitation discipline.
The care centre forms part of the Oasis luxury retirement resort at Century City and also offers hotel-style assisted living, frail care and a specialised Alzheimer/Dementia unit.
Lizzie Brill, general manager of the Oasis care centre says they have a multi-disciplinary team that is equipped to deal with patients requiring treatment once they were discharged from hospital following surgery or a medical trauma such as a stroke.
She says the team comprises of a medical doctor, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, a neuro-physiotherapist, a language and speech therapist and highly qualified nursing staff. Together, they provide outcome based treatment for patients in these circumstances. "All in all we have a staff complement of around 100."
Brill says they aim to get patients as functional as possible, taking a baseline from how they were prior to the medical trauma or surgery and working at getting them back to the same level of functioning or better.
The physical rehabilitation facility also has a practice number issued by the Board of Health Funders of SA (BHFSA) that enables patients to be admitted under Medical Aid authority for varying lengths of time, dependant on the surgery or trauma and the progress of the patient, she says.
The care centre was also one of the first facilities in the Western Cape to obtain a mental health licence for its Alzheimer's & Dementia wing, and is a leader in its field.
She says the Oasis care centre works closely with the Department of Health who have used their facility to assist with establishing core standards for the planned National Health Insurance.
“The Department of Health is to be commended for the regular and rigorous inspection process that they follow, thereby ensuring high standards in the best interests of patients.”
While residents in the Oasis luxury retirement resort received priority admission to the Care Centre, demand for their services was coming from all over, she says.
In terms of their various licences, they can accommodate up to 25 medical aid patients in the rehabilitation/frailcare facility and 40 in their Alzheimer’s & Dementia wing. They also have assisted living units for those who are still fairly active but require an hour or so of assistance per day in bathing, dressing and taking medication.
Owen Futuran, a director of the Oasis Joint Venture which includes the Rabie Property Group and which is developing the third sectional title apartment block, Palm Royale, in the resort says few, if any other retirement complexes offer such state of the art facilities and services right on their doorstep.
Futuran says while the vast majority of their purchasers at Oasis don't currently need the services offered by the care centre, it provides them with the peace of mind knowing it is available down the line.
Construction of Palm Royale, which follows the successful sell out of the first two phases, is currently underway and scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014.
The R255 million, 11 storey block comprises of 58 two and three bedroom apartments ranging in size from 110 square metres to 237 square metres and priced from R2.45 million to R8 million. Sales to date total around R100 million.
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