IBR

Therapy services

The majority of our clients suffer from physical disabilities caused by neurological problems, accidents, stroke, cerebral palsy and hearing impairment. Our dedicated institutional based rehabilitation (IBR) department caters to them by providing prosthetics and orthotics; physiotherapy; speech therapy; audio therapy; and access to wheelchairs and supportive seating.

The IBR department is broadly divided into units that deal with therapy offering physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and counselling, and production – producing mobility aides (wheelchairs, crutches) special seating and prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Prosthetics and Orthotics

With highly trained staff, this department manufactures a number of aides for children and adults with different types of structural deformities. Clients are referred to this department by field volunteers or by hospitals in the area. Artificial limbs, structural supports and correctional shoes are manufactured here using imported raw material and financial support from Motivation enables Navajeevana to give these aides to clients at 20% of the actual cost.

Physiotherapy

This unit sees a daily average of twenty patients. On the first visit an assessment is made and a treatment plan is detailed. At times this could entail twice weekly visits to the unit. Treatment can begin when the patient is just a few days old. The unit sees both children and adults with problems ranging from back pain to cerebral palsy.

Supportive Seating

The special seating unit caters to clients, usually children, who need specifically designed seating support.  We work with the client and their parent or carer to ensure that the seat caters exactly to their needs.  This unit has a long waiting list of clients in need of our help.

Speech and Language Therapy

Navajeevana has provided comprehensive speech and language therapy both in the field and at the centre since 2000.  Our trained therapist is the only one serving the Hambantota district of southern Sri Lanka and works with over 500 clients each year, both at the centre in Tangalla and through outreach clinics.

Wheelchair Production

This unit manufactures wheelchairs and elbow crutches

The Audiological Unit

The audiological unit was one of the first therapy units of Navajeevana. It has the proud reputation of being the only one of its kind in the southern area and many patients are referred here from government hospitals and private clinics. The unit provides audio testing, quality rehabilitation of speech and language skills and audiological aides such as ear moulds

 

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