Doha, 17 February, 2019: Seventy-five patients at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Residential Care Compound are benefiting from individualized care designed to help them integrate back into the community. The community-based compound, which is managed by Rumailah Hospital, is the first facility of its kind in the region and offers around the clock specialist care to patients who have cognitive and physical disabilities but do not require hospitalization.
“Our patients, which we refer to as residents, require long-term support due to injury, disability, or chronic disease but they do not need acute hospital care. This specialized facility is designed for those who need support and assistance with the general activities of daily living. The majority of our patients are in need of long-term rehabilitation and recovery before they re-integrate into the community,” said Dr. Abdul Aziz Darwish, Medical Director, Rumailah Hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute.
The facility, which consists of 13 single story villas, was designed for patients who could be safely discharged from hospital but still needed long-term care and support. It provides adult patients with a home-like setting where they can receive professional healthcare tailored to their needs. Dr. Darwish says the community-based compound was initially established as part of efforts to free up hospital beds.
“This community-based service was launched as part of the Corporation-wide plan to ensure hospital beds are available for patients who require acute care and also to help provide the right level of care to our long-term patients who are living with disabilities,” said Dr. Darwish.
Dr. Darwish explained that each villa has between five and seven single bedrooms and is staffed 24-hours a day by nursing teams. He said a full roster of activities is planned for patients to support and promote mental and physical well-being. Dr. Darwish added that the families of patients are encouraged to visit and to play a major role in their loved one’s recuperation.
“Each villa has a communal living and dining area, a kitchen (for the preparation of tea and snacks), and laundry facilities. There is also a community clubhouse with an adjacent swimming pool. We plan a number of activities each week in order to keep our residents engaged and to promote good mental health and well-being. We offer social activities, group therapies, and family engagement programs,” noted Dr. Darwish.
Dr. Darwish says that since the Residential Care Compound was launched in 2011, 185 patients have been cared for at the facility. He said the specialized compound provides an important service for patients who would have otherwise remained in hospital. According to Dr. Darwish, the goal of each patient’s treatment plan is to help them learn ways to overcome the effects of their injury.
“Because all our residents have some form of disability, they need training, education, and support in order to re-integrate back into the community. We have designed this facility as a community-style residential living environment in order to encourage our patients to challenge themselves and embrace lifestyle changes in a safe and supportive setting. Our goal is to help our patients achieve their full potential on their journey to transitioning back home,” added Dr. Darwish.