In response to great demand, plans are underway to establish a Rehabilitation Hospital on premises at Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran. The hospital, built under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, will serve as a leading rehabilitation center in the Negev region, offering quality rehab services in a fully supportive medical environment.

Currently, there is no rehabilitation hospital in the entire Negev region. Patients in the area must be hospitalized in the center of the country, placing an unacceptable burden on them and their loved ones during this difficult period. The vast amount of time and resources involved in being at their loved one’s bedside for weeks and even months at a time often results in job loss, tensions, and even resignation to a severely compromised life of dependency and disability due to incomplete rehab treatment.

The planned ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Hospital will meet the urgent need of hundreds of residents of the Negev who require in-patient rehabilitation following an accident, stroke, terror attack etc. For these people, quality rehabilitation will enable them to literally rebuild their lives, restoring them to their families and community.

The first stage of the project will be the establishment of a pilot hospital program within ALEH Negev’s existing framework, after which an entirely new structure will be built to serve as a rehabilitation hospital with a capacity of 100+ beds.

ALEH has proven experience and a successful track record in rehabilitative care. The Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village includes an advanced Rehabilitation Center which provides much needed intensive rehabilitative services to people in the Negev region who have undergone serious medical crises. The center offers a multidisciplinary program including physiotherapy, neuropsychological therapy, occupational therapy, communication therapy, and art therapy. The program includes the ongoing support of a social worker and rehabilitative psychologist.

The outpatient center was established in response to the vital need for a comprehensive rehabilitative framework in the Negev region. Until its opening, there was no such center in the entire Negev. Patients from the region who had undergone a serious traumatic incident (car accident, brain tumor, burn victim, terror attack, stroke etc.) had to travel to rehabilitative hospitals in the center of Israel for in-patient care for an extended period of time, followed by an outpatient treatment program. Unfortunately, most patients simply did not have the resources and support required to travel several hours a few times a week to the hospital’s rehab clinic. Unable to complete this stage of treatment, they were forced to live the rest of their lives with various degrees of handicaps and dependence.

Aleh Negev’s Rehabilitative Outpatient Center enables these people to complete their rehab in a professional center close to home. Here are a few stories of success [names have been changed for privacy]:

~ Tali, a young woman from the Negev, suffered a stroke while delivering her first child. As a result, the right half of her body became partially paralyzed, and she experienced difficulty in speaking. She was brought to Beit Levenstein in central Israel for rehabilitation, where she was faced with the difficult task of leaving her newborn baby for a few months. Unable to deal with the separation, she decided to transfer to Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, where she could raise her child whilst receiving rehabilitation. After several months of intensive rehab at Aleh Negev, she recovered almost completely, regaining close to normal function and the ability to speak. Tali was able to return to work; most importantly, she was able to continue raising her child.

~ Ben, a four-year-old boy from the Negev, was badly injured in a serious accident. He was sent to Alyn in Jerusalem for rehabilitation. The rehabilitation center was very far from home, resulting in his separation from his family for long periods of time. His parents had to deal with other siblings and an infant baby at home, so could not make the trip easily to visit him. With the division of the family a major concern, his parents moved him to the Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village. Within time, Ben made huge improvements and was able to return to his kindergarten, his friends and his regular surroundings. The staff at the Rehab Center offered excellent professional advice and were able to guide the kindergarten staff on how to maintain and continue with his rehabilitation.

~ 17-year-old Ella arrived at the Village after the removal of a growth in her head. She had previously been undergoing in-patient rehabilitation in the center of the country; however, this put a lot of strain on her family back in Beersheba, in the south of the country. Ella’s family decided to take her home and to send her to Aleh Negev for rehabilitation. In order not to miss out on her high school studies, she went to school in the mornings and came to Aleh Negev for rehab in the afternoons. Today, after months of hard work and rehabilitation, she enjoys a high level of functioning with only minimal support.

These are just a few examples of how rehabilitation can help restore lives – and that is only on a small scale. With the establishment of a rehabilitation hospital at Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, hundreds of people from the Negev region will be enabled to return to normal life following a serious trauma. These people would otherwise remain with severe handicaps and disabilities for the rest of their lives, dependent on others and unable to perform basic daily functions.

Establishing a rehabilitative hospital will also encourage medical students and those studying assistive medical care to remain in the Negev; they will be able to pursue work or to specialize in rehabilitative care in the region.

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