Association for the Physically Disabled
Association for the Physically Disabled
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The APD Home Based Care Programme: Providing Compassionate Care for Individuals with Disabilities

At The Association for the Physically Disabled (APD), we understand the challenges individuals with disabilities face in their daily lives. Imagine being unable to perform even the simplest tasks, like eating, bathing, or using the toilet, and not having the means to hire assistance. This is where our Home Based Care Givers play a crucial role, providing essential support that alleviates suffering and enhances the quality of life.

Origins of the Home Based Care Service In 1990, APD's Social Workers recognized the urgent need for a home-based care program in the community. They witnessed individuals with disabilities and bedridden people living in desperate circumstances without access to basic necessities and caregiving. Some family members had even left their jobs to care for their disabled loved ones, resulting in reduced household income and further complications.

Transition from Volunteers to Employed Caregivers Initially, volunteers were recruited and trained to provide care and assistance to individuals with severe disabilities in their own homes. However, due to challenging physical demands and impoverished conditions, it was difficult to retain volunteers. To address this issue, APD made the decision to employ dedicated care givers instead. In late 1990, the organization hired and trained the first batch of care givers, equipping them with skills in activities of daily living, including bathing, exercises, incontinent management, dressing of bed sores, and light meal preparation. Since then, our care givers have made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of individuals in the Soweto, Tembisa, Alexander, and Johannesburg communities.

The Resilience of Care Givers: Being a care giver is not an easy job, but our team forges ahead, working together, sharing ideas, singing, and offering prayers to release stress. We continue to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, knowing that the future holds a mixture of surprises. Regardless of how and why people become disabled or bedridden, our focus remains on providing assistance and empowering individuals to become independent.

Benefit from the APD Home Based Care Service: With your support, APD can reach out and provide professional care to those who cannot help themselves. Our home-based care service caters to both temporary and permanently incapacitated individuals. Whether you require short-term assistance during recovery or ongoing care, our well-trained and supervised caregivers offer a wide range of services to meet your essential and personal hygiene needs. We ensure service excellence, respect, sensitivity, empathy, devotion, love, determination, and companionship in our care-giving approach.

Additional Support and Resources: In addition to our care-giving services, we offer social work counseling and wheelchair rental services. Our goal is to provide comprehensive support and guidance to individuals and their loved ones. We understand the importance of financial sustainability and offer affordable rates, working with you to develop a care-giving package that fits your specific needs and budget. If you qualify for disability grants, our Social Workers can assist you in accessing such financial assistance.

Contact Us for Personalized Care To learn more about our services and discuss a tailor-made care-giving package, please reach out to our Project Manager for Community Services, Luckmore Takachicha, at 011-646-8331 or 078-195-7636. You can also contact us via email at We are here to provide compassionate care and support, ensuring that individuals with disabilities receive the assistance they need in the comfort of their own homes.

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