The length of stay is dependent on the severity of the illness and the rate at which
clients are able to grasp the recovery concept and take ownership of their well being
with out or with minimal outside support required. This may range from 3 months onwards.
2) What is the costing per month?
The Talisman Foundation remains a very cost effective institution filled with high
quality features. As a committed socially responsible organization we keep our pricing
as affordable as possible whilst balancing social concerns with our financial objectives
as an NPO. The cost of our services starts with as little as R3500 for a sharing
room and R4500 for a single room per month. This prices are subject to change and
should be clarified with the admissions manager prior.
3) Are there learnership programmes in place for people with disability?
Yes, there are learnerships on offer through third party organizations.
4) Is Talisman Foundation a private organization or government institution?
The Talisman Foundation is a private organization.
5) What does the rehabilitation programme entail?
Our rehabilitation program includes a tiered balanced lifestyle psycho-social program,
which is regulated through a behavior modification system. It also includes the support
services of in-house psychiatrists, doctors, facilitators and care workers.
6) How many patients does the foundation cater for?
We are licensed for 200 residents.
7) How often does the patient see the Psychiatrist?
Residents see their Doctors routinely on a quarterly basis or as the need
8) Are there any night staff available for patient care?
Yes, there is always a facilitator on the premises, on call after hours and over
9) Do you assist with patient employment?
Yes, we provide the necessary support in accessing job opportunities in the open
10) What is different about the Talisman Foundation in comparison to other NGO’s?
a. We are client centred
b. We view our clients as dignified human beings who play an active part in actualizing
their own true potential.
c. We want you to go back home, safe, stable and optimally functional
d. We value a humane approach as opposed to abusive systems found elsewhere
e. We have many years of experience in psychiatry
f. We are a known and respected institution
g. We have pioneered a unique behavior modification system
h. We have always been at the forefront of bridging institutional care toward successful
i. We take pride and are passionate about our clients and their recovery.
j. We utilize our own doctors and psychiatrists for consistency and continuity.
k. We are quality driven, cost effective, decentralized and accessible.
11) What do you offer on your menu? Do you cater for people with diabetes, vegetarian,
halaal and kosher?
Our general menu is designed by a dietician which would consist of
a sizable portions of protein, starch and choices of vegetable prepared into stews,
cottage pies, pasta, oven bakes, grills, salads and curries. We also offer desserts
and treats on the odd occasion such as braais, trifle, milk tarts, baked pudding,
cake and biscuits.
12) Where does the centre acquire medication?
We receive medication through the kind support offered from the state.
Medication that is not available through the state will need to be paid for
13) Are males and females situated on different floors?
No they are situated on the same floors with separate amenities as required.
14) Are patients allowed to smoke?
Yes as long as it doesn’t bother others and is confined to the designated smoking