Rehabilitation | Western Cape Government


Assistive Devices

The service aims to supply, prescribe, maintain and recycle assistive devices such as wheel chairs and walkers and hearing aids to people who need them. There are various centres in the regions where assistive devices can be prescribed, maintained and repaired:

Crisis Intervention: Life Line

Lifeline provide 24-hour crisis intervention. They provide free, confidential telephone counselling for rape, trauma, Aids and other situations. They also give workshops, and have drop-in centres at some of their offices. For help, call 0861 322 322.

Donating Wheelchairs to the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre (WCRC)

(Guidelines, Manuals and Instructions)
Department of Health (Western Cape Government)

Halt Elder Abuse National Helpline

The helpline provides crisis counselling for elderly people who have been abused, and advice and support for people wanting to support elderly people who are in need of help. The national help line is linked to response units in case of emergencies. If necessary, cases are referred to social service departments throughout South Africa. Call 0800 0030 81 for help, or email

Hearing and Speech Services

Many disabilities, including speech and hearing problems, are picked up when babies and toddlers undergo routine developmental screening at primary healthcare clinics. If necessary, the child will be referred to a specialist clinic. At the same time, the child will be referred to a rehabilitation professional eg occupational therapist at primary healthcare level (where available).

Help for Abused Women: Stop Women Abuse Helpline

The Helpline provides crisis counselling for women who have been raped or abused, advice and support for people wanting to support women in need of help, and advice on legal and other options available for abused women and rape survivors. The service is managed by Life Line. For help, call 0800 150 150

Help for drug addicts: Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit organisation of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. They can be contacted on tel 0881 30 03 27.

Help for Families of Alcoholics: Al-Anon

For families and friends of problem drinkers, with a special section (Alateen) for children of alchoholics, as well as for adult children of alcoholics. You can contact them on tel 021 592 3970, or email

Help in Rape Cases: Rape Crisis

Rape crisis provides telephonic counselling 24 hours a day. They also assist with court preparation and support groups.

Help with Alcoholism: Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is there to help people with drinking problems. There are no dues or fees for AA membership, and the organisation is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation, or institution.

Prosthetic and Orthotic Services

The whole of the Western Cape is served by a single Orthotic and Prosthetic Centre in Pinelands, Cape Town. Orthotic devices also known as orthosis are used to optimise: Functional mobility in a disabled person.To align, support, or correct deformities, or to improve the movement of joints, spine, or limbs. e.g. shoe inserts, and ankle-foot orthoses, which stabilise the ankle after a stroke. Prosthetic devices on the other hand are used to:

Rehabilitation Services

Physically or mentally disabled adults and children can be helped to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric and social functional levels.