YANA offers the following services:
* Residential care (accommodation and food) as well as day care.
* A dynamic, multi-disciplinary Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Program.
* Support and information on schizophrenia to family and friends.
* Spreading of information on schizophrenia to the greater community to further awareness and help to fight the stigma of the illness.
- Accommodation is offered in one of five houses, for 8-10 persons each.
- The houses have single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, a communal kitchenette and television room.
- Residential care includes water and electricity and the provision of 3 balanced meals per day, coffee, tea, cool drink as well as fresh fruit. Houses are supplied with basic furniture and appliances. Maintenance is done as and when needed. Residents are responsible to supply their own beds, linen and furniture for the room as per contractual agreement.
- YANA is licensed at the Department of Health and Social Development, Gauteng. All residential standards are met according to their prescriptions and guidelines and regular inspections are done by them.
- Applicants undergo a selection process according to certain criteria before being admitted. This is done via an interview scheduled by the social worker with the applicant and his/her family member/s upon applying for residency. The applicant may be required to provide evaluations and reports.
- All new residents are admitted to a probation period of 3 months, which may be extended if there are doubts about the person’s adjustment.
- Referrals are made if YANA is not able to help the applicant.
- The group home setup enables the residents to function with-in a therapeutic community that accepts and understands them and their illness and is very productive as part of their therapy.
- YANA’s services are offered to people with schizophrenia that live in the community, but want to enjoy the benefits of the psycho-social rehabilitation program.
- Day visitors are selected according to the same criteria used for applicants requesting accommodation.
- Day visitors participate in the activities as are offered in the program. They integrate and interact with the residents on a daily basis.
YANA’s Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Program
YANA bases its approach to psycho-social rehabilitation on the following definition of the World Health Organisation. It’s ultimate aim “is to enhance the person’s social functioning and to develop/restore his/her capacity to control his/her own life (WHO, 1996).”
YANA is the only facility of its sort in Pretoria that offers a psycho-social rehabilitation program as part of its services.
Elements of the program include:
– Individual and group therapy
– Training in: Life skills, coping skills and social skills
– Medical psycho-education
– Vocational Rehabilitation – occupational therapy
– Social Integration
– Physical fitness and sports
– Constructive use of free time
– Structured Environment
– Community Integration, support, awareness, resources and access
Participation in the program is individualized by doing comprehensive base-line evaluations upon entering the program. This ensures that each person access the activities of the program that is best suited to his/her individual level of functioning and therefore received maximum benefit from it. Growth is measured by regular follow-up evaluations.
YANA’s Additional Services
YANA also offers the following services to family members and the wider community:
- Support and counselling to family members and friends. A support group for parents also gathers once a month on YANA’s premises.
- Telephonic and personal information, support and counselling to members of the community and potential applicants. Referrals are done if the applicant is not suited for YANA.
- Information and education to the wider community via pamphlets, radio talks and articles in the media. Raising awareness about the illness also helps to combat the stigma attached to it.