Admission Procedure and Familiarising persons with disabilities with Woodside:


All children and adults that are referred to Woodside are assessed prior to being admitted as residents. A gradual introductory trial period to the Sanctuary is normally recommended; with strict admission criteria needing to be met by the Department of Mental Health, so that the Sanctuary can be assured that the placement of a resident is appropriate for the family and for the person impacted by the placement themselves. Due to the complexity involved in the placement of a person with profound disability at Woodside, approval is not always guaranteed.

Parents/ family/ or legal guardians are encouraged to give their loved ones care at home for as long as possible, but they are also encouraged to bring their family members to our Sanctuary for short holiday periods. This lessens the trauma for parents/ family/ or legal guardians when the time comes for the child to be placed within the Sanctuary on a permanent basis. Parents/ family/ or legal guardians are encouraged to visit as and when they wish.

Why are the children and adults referred to the home?

Parents/ family/ or Legal Guardians apply for assisted – / involuntary care, treatment and rehabilitation on a 24 hour residential care and supervision basis when;

  • The user is not capable of making an informed decision on the need to receive care, treatment and rehabilitation services.
  • The user is suffering from mental illness or severe or profound intellectual disability, and as a consequence of this requires care, treatment and rehabilitation for his/ her health and safety or the health and safety of others within the family unit.
  • The user is willing to receive care, treatment and rehabilitation services.
  • The user is likely to inflict serious harm on him/ her and others.
  • Care, treatment and rehabilitation is necessary for the user’s financial interest and reputation.
  • The user’s right to movement, privacy and dignity will be unnecessarily restricted.


Residential Facilities

The Sanctuary is licensed in terms of the Mental Health Care Act, No 17 of 2002, to care for persons with severe/ profound intellectual disability of a maximum number of 120 persons. Residents are accommodated in 5 wards and there are several areas within the Sanctuary where residents attend different stimulation programmes.