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The three cornerstones of our business and our commitment to our patients are, Life, Health and Care.
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63 facilities in 7 provinces, of which 51 are acute care. Read more...
6 Mental Health units in 3 provinces and 2 units which offer involuntary and assisted mental health admissions. Read more...
7 Adult and 2 Paediatric Units in 5 provinces. Read more...
The company delivers hospital based services in the fields of chronic mental healthcare, frail care, rehabilitation and acute care in 5 provinces. Read more...
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Illovo 2196, South Africa
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A way of life
The Right Choice for Psychiatric Care, Addiction Treatment and Acute Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation
Life Riverfield Lodge is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa.
Life Riverfield Lodge is designed to meet the needs for a short term in-patient Mental Health Programme, including Addictive Disorders, as well as a holistic Acute Rehabilitation Programme for people with neurological, spinal and other disabling injuries.
Life Riverfield Lodge is situated in the Fourways area, in a tranquil, peaceful setting on the banks of the Jukskei River. At our hospital, the well-being of our patients is of the utmost importance to both management and staff.
Our main purpose is to provide quality, holistic, integrated multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, thereby enabling patients to optimize their quality of life.
This we strive to achieve through professional and ethical management, quality nursing care, modern and well-maintained facilities, and a close working relationship with the specialists and general practitioners who place their patients in our care as well as with healthcare professionals who render support services.
The monitoring of our patients’ views on all aspects of our service keeps us up to date with their needs and enables us to provide them with the best possible service at all times.
34 Southernwoods RoadNietgedacht
PO Box 67372Bryanston2021
Please look at our lists below to find the various facilities and services that we at Life Riverfield Lodge offer.
At our Lodge we have a total of 66 beds with an additional 21 beds underway and 1 procedure room for electro-convulsive therapy.
Specialised Care Facilities
Acute, Physical And Cognitive Rehabilitation
The Life Rehabilitation Unit provides an acute, outcomes-driven physical and cognitive rehabilitation service for patients disabled by :
Our main purpose is to provide quality, holistic, integrated multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, thereby enabling patients maximal functional independence.
The patient and family are the centre of the rehabilitation team which consists of :
The rehabilitation programme begins with an admission assessment, after which the Rehabilitation admissions consultant discusses the patients rehabilitation potential and provides feedback to the specialist and medical aid to ensure funding is authorized. The admission assessment is ideally done as soon as possible after the disabling incident, while the patient is in the Intensive Care or High Care Unit. Once stabilized, the patient is transferred to the unit. Our rehabilitation doctor is able to manage most medical problems concurrently, without delay or disturbance to the rehabilitation programme.
The rehabilitation team meets on a weekly or twice-weekly basis to evaluate outcomes gained, formulate new goals and discuss any difficulties with patient progress. This information is then communicated to the specialist, general practitioner and medical aid. The programme consists of a detailed admission evaluation followed by daily intensive, protocol and outcome driven functional rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation nurses are trained to carry over the gains made during therapy and liaise closely with therapists to ensure a consistent approach to facilitating patients` functional independence.
Many disabling injuries and illnesses are lasting. When an individual is disabled there is a significant impact on the entire family unit. Considerable emphasis is thus placed on the education of patients and their families to improve their coping skills. Educated, empowered patients and families gain improved knowledge, understanding and insight into their condition facilitating long term self-management.
Patient progress is carefully monitored and measured by the team, using a variety of clinical outcomes and internationally researched outcomes measuring systems called the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Functional Assessment Measure (FAM).
This measures 18 areas of function including self-care, bladder and bowel function, mobility, communication and cognitive function. Patient progress is evaluated informally on a daily basis and the therapy programme is adjusted accordingly. Progress is then formally evaluated using various measures, including the FIM and FAM, on a weekly basis. Many patients with various other diagnoses and injuries which resulted in losing their independence have achieved great benefit from our rehabilitation programme.
We also provide an outpatient assessment and treatment service for patients who no longer require hospitalization.
Mental Health Programme
This centre is dedicated to provide effective treatment to individuals, and their families, whose functioning in any life sphere has become impaired as a result of their abuse or dependency of psycho-active substances or any other addiction.
Our programme is a 14 day intervention aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction through detoxifying the client whilst implementing an intensive cognitive therapy group programme.
The programme consists of group-, occupational- and individual therapy as well as medical treatment. All components of the programme focus on the improvement of the patients` physical functioning, self-esteem, self-image, interpersonal relationships, positive family interaction and vocational productivity. The patient will also be assisted to develop realistic life goals and a healthy lifestyle in the absence of a substance or other addictive behaviour.
The programme is divided into two modules which run over two weeks.
This programme is dedicated to provide the best treatment possible to facilitate the healing process for people suffering from psychiatric conditions. This is a 14-day programme based on cognitive-behavioural principles.
The primary objective is to mobilize internal and external resources in the promotion, restoration and maintenance of mental health thereby helping the patient to reach an optimal level of functioning as a whole person.
The following critical elements are included to ensure a scientific and successful programme:
The multi-disciplinary structure consists of :
The doctors listed below are private practitioners. Please enquire about their rates directly with the practice.
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