Our Services

Access to Care

All Woodside Sanctuary residents have access to the following services: Medical Assessment, Medical Practitioner, Prescription of treatment, Review of Medication, Nursing care plans, Daily monitoring, Psychiatric assessment, Occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy

Daily activities are used to treat physical, emotional, and mental problems which Aim to: Prevent further deformities of the upper body, maintain and improve physical and mental wellness, Provide adequate physical stimulation.

Music & Stimulation

Music Aim: Socialization gross-motor movement, Sensory stimulation, Stimulation Center Respite care, Admission to give the family a rest, Children that attend other schools’ facilities that are closed during school holidays, Family-crisis, Death.


Physiotherapy Aim: Improve muscle tone, Prevent contractions and deformities, Teach walking and positioning, Treatment of chest problems/respiratory problems, Teach residents to assist in feeding themselves.

Admission Criteria

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.
  • - 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.