Physical Rehabilitation And Medical Care For People With Disabilities

At Nuture Ilembe we rehabilitate people who have lost their independence after injury or illness. We support you on your rehabilitation journey.

The therapy team includes an in-house rehabilitation team and a team of professionals whose services are contracted in when this is required.

We provide acute and sub-acute inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation for people challenged with a wide range of disabilities caused by disease or injuries, including:

  • Joint replacements
  • Polytrauma
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Neurological conditions such as Guillian-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Amputations
  • Brain Injuries
  • Strokes
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • General weakness after lengthy hospitalisation
  • Palliative care

Nurture Ilembe is a fully licensed hospital meeting the requirements of the Department of Health for private hospitals. We are registered with BHF as an acute and sub-acute rehabilitation facility.

Nurture Ilembe assists patients to achieve their highest level of functioning and independence following injury and illness as cost effectively as possible. Each patient’s rehabilitation is carefully planned to meet their needs.
The therapy team consists of two groups of people: an in-house rehabilitation team and a team of professionals whose services are contracted in when this is required.

Our doctors are highly experienced and are driven by the conviction that the best outcome is reached by clearly understanding the needs and wishes of our patients. Their aim is to ensure that the team works together to deliver the best outcome.

Patients undergo a combination of specially designed therapy sessions to suit their specific needs. Patients receive intensive therapy daily and, depending on their medical condition, this will include home and life management skills training.

On Admission:

  • Full assessment by all members of the team
  • Comprehensive reporting and determination of approximate length of stay
  • Daily therapy
  • Weekly progress reports
  • Family meeting
  • Carer/Family training if necessary
  • Acquisition of all necessary equipment

Nuture Ballito is a specialised acute rehabilitation facility, and we provide comprehensive outpatient care after a patient is discharged from our care.

The facilities:

  • A well-equipped gymnasium with custom-designed specialised equipment
  • Private cognitive area
  • Private treatment area
  • Occupational Therapy kitchen and bathroom
  • Patient dining room

Meetings are held with each patient’s close family and all relevant team members to discuss initial assessments, rehabilitation goals and discharge planning.

These meetings provide a platform for all involved parties to discuss a patient’s diagnosis, the impact of this on the patient’s return to his/her previous level of functioning and the teams rehabilitation goals. Any challenges or barriers that may need to be considered when assisting the family with discharge planning are also identified and discussed during this time to ensure that these can be addressed before discharge takes place.

Training will be provided with carers or patients’ family members prior to discharge to assist a patient to continue with daily activities at home.

In appropriate cases work assessments will form part of discharge planning in order to determine whether a patient will be able to return to work. Staff will also assist in making arrangements in the case of the patient being unable to return to work.

A referral to out-patient services may occur as a result of a referral from your doctor, a concern of your own for yourself or a loved one, or as part of planned discharge procedures.

These services ensure that patients continue to receive the therapeutic and medical treatment that they need in order to remain as safe and independent as possible at home.

We focus on what patients will need to be able to accomplish in their daily lives.  Our team works with patients to formulate the therapy strategy that is best suited to their specific needs and circumstances.

Currently out-patient services are limited to people previously treated in our facility.

The People Who Make All The Difference

At the heart of Nurture Ilembe Hospital lies its experienced interdisciplinary team.
The full time team consists of:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Swallowing Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Nurses

In addition, the part time support team includes a Dietician and Psychologist.

Meet The Senior Members Of The Ilembe Team

Pamela Groenewald

Facility Manager

Jess Andrew

Rehabilitation Program Manager

MJ van Jaarsveld


Devan Naidoo

Clinical Assessor

Contact Information

Visiting Hours

Special arrangements for visiting during the morning can be made. It is requested that this be arranged with the team beforehand as therapy and nursing care take priority during this time.

15:00-17:00 Family and Friends
19:00-20:00 Family and Friends


Ilembe Hospital is a Nurture Health Hospital and exists to inspire, support and equip our patients to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

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