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About Epilepsy South Africa in Knysna

Knysna is home to the South Cape/Karoo branch of Epilepsy South Africa.

The vision of Epilepsy South Africa is to provide integrated services that are equitable, accessible, sustainable and people centered with and for people with epilepsy and other disabilities and all affected by epilepsy, to promote social justice. Epilepsy South Africa is a dynamic organization providing developmental services nationally to promote equal opportunities for people with epilepsy and other disabilities.

The Knysna epilepsy centre comprises:

Residential Care Facility
Residential Care from 60 intelectually impaired, multiple-disabled adults varying in age from 18–75 years. Creating a homely environment and keeping residents part of the family/social structure forms an integral part of the holistic 24-Hour nursing care. Performing tasks in various departments of our Facility gives them a sense of belonging which increases self-esteem and confidence.

24-Hour Healthcare / Rehabilitation / Family Preservation
This service provides holistic care in a rehabilitative manner concentrating on family preservation through maintaining contact with the families and rebuilding damaged relationships. HIV / Aids awareness is part of this process as is acceptable behaviour, a work ethic and the entire programme is geared to achieving and developing each individual to their full potential and building good relationships within their family unite in order to maximise contact and in some cases rehabilitation to their families care. Each resident undergoes a full evaluation and an individual development plan to ensure rehabilitation within the framework of which they are capable of achieving.

Day-Care
On a daily basis 25 profoundly disabled members are fetched from the surrounding informal communities by free transport. Providing stimulation and opportunities to socialise to combat boredom and possible abuse at home, whilst parents / family members are freed to pursue work on the open labour-market with the assurance that their child / sibling is cared for. A light lunch plus tea-time snacks are provided.

Workshops
The Protective Workshop was begun in two garages in 1992 as part of a rehabilitation programme teaching life-skills and vocational skills tailored to the abilities of the residents. The aim is to take them through the workshop into sheltered employment on the open-labour market. One workshop caters for the more limited participants where craft orientated products are made and the other workshop manufactures various garden products e.g. trellises, garden edging, planter boxes and playground equipment.

The garden provides fresh produce for the Residential Care Facility.

  • Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition.
  • About 1 in every 100 people has epilepsy.
  • Up to 80% of people will have their epilepsy controlled by medication.
  • Many children with epilepsy will outgrow it.
  • Epilepsy is not a mental illness or psychiatric disorder.
  • A seizure is caused by abnormal chemical activity of the brain.
  • Epilepsy has not stood in the way of achievement for people like Jonty Rhodes, Vusi Mahlasela and Agatha Christie.
  • For most people with epilepsy, the biggest problem they have to face is other people’s attitudes to epilepsy. What people with epilepsy most need is understanding and acceptance from the public.

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