This department provides a range of diagnostic, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services critical to ensure smooth transitions between levels of care for the clients at CoRSU. The services provided are aimed at restoring and maintaining optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions. The department has different sections such as Therapy, Nutritional rehabilitation, social work and education section. The Allied Health professionals in collaboration with other members of the multi-disciplinary team are committed to providing client-centered services that respect the autonomy and dignity of the recipient.
1. Therapy services
At CoRSU, therapy is dedicated to the restoration of the human function which has been impaired due to disease, trauma or injury. This plays an important role in restoring a patient to normalcy or at least a functional capacity. The Therapy section has a number of professionals that include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and a Clinical Psychologist. These specialize in the treatment of patients undergoing planned surgery or those who come to hospital due to a traumatic accident, injury or incident.
The Physical therapists (PTs) are concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential among clients. The goal of our PTs is to help each client reach his or her fullest potential in activities at school, home and in the community by improving mobility and function. For instance, if a child is unable to sit, crawl or walk on their own, PTs can help determine what type of exercises, and adapted or assistive equipment or device will help them improve their mobility. Conditions managed by our PTs include several musculo-skeletal conditions such as orthopaedic, neurological and post reconstructive surgery conditions. PT is basically in form of exercises, electrotherapy, recommending and training use of appropriate appliances, providing education and advice on preventive measures. Group classes are also performed which are enjoyable for clients as they can compete and encourage each other. Exercises in form of play therapy are recommended for children so as to stimulate their growing minds. The PTs use a client-centred approach of therapy where the client’s goals, expectations, needs and abilities are the focus of all interventions.
The Occupational therapist (OT) blends art and science to develop skills in activity analysis and evaluation of human occupation. Our OT provides a skilled service that identifies, through evaluation, the key components that may result in inability to perform functional activities. The OT then uses a holistic approach of treatment to improve such components which may include but are not limited to: fine motor skills; upper body strength and coordination; balance; activities of daily living (ADL) skills; such as feeding, dressing, and grooming; attention difficulties; sensory integration disorders; personal behaviour modulation; following directions and problem solving; positioning; equipment and environmental adaptation; upper body splinting to prevent poor posturing and improve functional mobility and ability.
The Clinical psychologist aims to reduce the distress and improve the psychological wellbeing of clients. The psychologist uses psychological methods to make positive changes to their clients' lives and offer various forms of treatment. We use biofeedback and relaxation techniques to help reduce pain and other physical symptoms associated with various medical conditions. Our psychologist works with clients of all ages on a variety of different mental or physical health problems including: depression and anxiety; mental illness; adjustment to physical illness; neurological disorders; addictive behaviors; challenging behaviors; eating disorders; personal, childhood developmental disorders; ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, family relationship problems; and learning disabilities. We provide individual, family and group therapy services for a variety of behavioural health conditions, as well as psychological and neuropsychological testing. The psychologist’s tasks include: assessing a client's needs, abilities or behavior using a variety of methods, including psychometric tests, interviews, Family therapy sessions, Information giving and direct observation of behavior; devising and monitoring appropriate treatment programmes, including therapy, counseling or advice, in collaboration with colleagues; offering therapy and treatments for difficulties relating to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, addiction, social and interpersonal problems and challenging behavior; counseling and supporting attendants or carers of clients. In a rehabilitation service center psychologists do Neuropsychological evaluation of a patient’s cognitive and behavioural outcomes during and after injury and/or medical treatment
The Therapy section is open Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm, there is also a special therapy clinic for patients with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy on Wednesdays 9:30am to 3:30pm.
2. Social work
Social work at CoRSU is mainly offered by social workers. The social workers offer support to clients and act as guides and at times advocates for the clients. The social workers tasks typically involve: initial screening and evaluation of clients’; conducting interviews with clients and their families to assess and review their situation; undertaking and writing up clients assessments; offering information and support to service users and their families; organising and managing packages of support to clients; recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular client; liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies; as well as ensuring child protection at the hospital.
The social work section is open Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
3. Education services
Education services at CoRSU are mainly aimed at ensuring that children who have never been to school are given the opportunity to have basic education and for the children who are already enrolled in school that they do not miss out on the curriculum (“catch up classes”). Our teachers develop and foster appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children, according to age, ability and aptitude. They link pupils' knowledge to earlier learning and develop ways to encourage it further, and challenge and inspire pupils to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding. Tasks of the teachers include: supporting children using the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) primary curriculum; creating displays to encourage a positive learning environment; planning, preparing and presenting lessons that cater for the special needs of the individual clients within their class; motivating pupils with enthusiastic, imaginative presentation; organising and taking part in extracurricular events, outings and activities. The activities performed include: providing a therapeutic means of speeding up recovery through art, painting, educative games, reading, and writing. The teacher also conducts general health, hygiene and behaviour talks with the children as well as parents/ carers.
The education section is open Monday – Friday 9:30am to 3:00pm