CareWell Hospitals Medical Services

Sub-acute care is defined by the Department of Health Western Cape as goal-orientated, comprehensive, co-ordinated and multidisciplinary health care for an in-patient immediately after or instead of acute hospitalisation for an acute illness, injury or exacerbation of a disease process requiring frequent patient assessment of the clinical course and treatment plan, and the duration of which is a limited period of time determined by the time taken for a condition to stabilise or for completion of a predetermined course.


Sub-acute can be divided into the following subcategories:

Step-down or Convalescent care is defined as care provided by short-stay, transitional units, being a substitute for continued hospital stay and serving patients whose illness demands significant medical involvement and skilled nursing care of more than three hours on average per day, as well as pharmacy and laboratory support.
Convalescent care provides a home-like environment during post-surgery recovery, injury recovery, and can even be used as a transitional form of care following stroke or a lengthy illness. It is designed to allow patients to transition to their independent lifestyle when they are strong and healthy enough to do so.

Rehabilitation care is defined as supervised, goal-orientated, multidisciplinary health care aimed at improving the level of functioning of a patient to the point where the patient may be discharged or moved to a different level of care and where the duration of admission is finite and is defined by the rehabilitation program.
Carewell specialises in different form of rehabilitation including Neurological, Orthopedic including joint replacement, Cardiac and Stroke. A multi-disciplinary team including physio therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, speech therapists and the nursing staff work in conjunction with the referring doctor to rehabilitate the patient to a point where they are able to function independently and complete activities of daily living.

Palliative or terminal care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is optimisation of the quality of life of a patient with an active and advanced life-limiting illness or condition. The patient will have complex physical, psychosocial and/or spiritual needs.
Carewell specialises in treating people suffering from the symptoms and stress of serious illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. This type of care treats pain, depression, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, anxiety and any other symptoms that may be causing distress.

Specialised wound care and trachea care. This includes Leg Ulcers, Diabetic Wounds, Pressure Ulcers, Operative Sepsis, Wound Breakdown and Traumatic Wounds. This service includes both in and out patients and is based around a comprehensive treatment plan with constant monitoring.

Respite care provides temporary relief for a primary caregiver, enabling them to take a much-needed break from the demands of caring for a sick, aging, or disabled family member or person. Whether it’s for just a day or an extended vacation, seeking respite care can help ease the burden of caregiving and help to relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in life. It can also prevent you the caregiver becoming exhausted, isolated, or even burned out. Respite care can benefit the person being cared for too, providing them with variety, stimulation, and a welcome change of routine.

Contact your nearest Carewell facility for availability and cost of respite care.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. Wellness is a big part of what we do at Carewell, it is even part of our name: Caring + Wellness = Carewell.

Wellness is a multi-dimensional concept and Carewell helps and informs a person on a physical, social and emotional level. By providing a primary health clinic, residents in Lifestyle villages are able to make informed proactive health choices about their physical wellbeing. Organised social activities in Lifestyle Villages help create a sense of community and stimulates a person on a social level and helpful and caring staff at our facilities supports a person on an emotional level.

Carewell Management delivers a home base care service in Lifestyle villages services by Carewell where the age in place concept is promoted. Geriatric evaluation and management are used with the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal to improvement in the functioning of a resident with multi-dimensional needs, associated with age related medical conditions. Some examples of conditions residents experience include a tendency to fall, incontinence, reduced mobility and cognitive impairment. The patient may also have complex psychosocial problems. Carewell provides assistance with activities of daily living, supply meals, laundry, unit cleaning and manage medication.

Psychogeriatric care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the functional status, behavior and/or quality of life for an older patient with significant psychiatric or behavioral disturbance. The disturbance is caused by mental illness, age related organic brain impairment or a physical condition like dementia. This type of care is provided by Carewell at selected facilities and in certain instances as part of home-based care and is subject to a pre-evaluation of the patient.

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