The concept of Psychosocial Rehabilitation is based on the belief that people can acquire and/or recover the practical skills necessary to live and coexist independently in the community by working on strategies to cope with the disabilities inherent to the illness.
In order to implement the principles advocated by this philosophy in the most appropriate and technically advanced manner, five rehabilitation units have so far been created in the Institution: two protected living units - Galo Verde and Piso Comunitário -, one autonomy training residence - Pierluigi Marchesi - and two independent living residences - Oceano and Renascer flats. Currently, 54 patients are integrated in the psychosocial rehabilitation units, being the target and protagonists of diverse and specialised interventions, according to their individual skills, in articulation with the various technicians and monitors that the Institution has available.
Patients can then be integrated and benefit from the following areas:
It can accommodate 20 patients, with the general objective of training basic daily life skills, allowing its residents to reach a satisfactory degree of independence for an improvement in QOL and a possible progression to other rehabilitation units, with the purpose of community (re)integration.
This Piso Comunitário Unit can accommodate 12 patients and was designed with a view to inserting patients with differentiated life paths, who have already been through other rehabilitation units, but have not achieved a satisfactory degree of independence that would allow their community reintegration. The psychosocial rehabilitation objectives of this unit will therefore be to maintain the skills acquired in previous paths and to strengthen the quality of life of its residents.
PIERLUIGI MARCHESI AUTONOMY TRAINING UNIT
This unit can accommodate eight residents. Its main objective is to prepare them so that they can deal effectively with the demands of daily life. The formal duration foreseen for the permanence in this unit is one year, during which the residents have an active role in the whole process, dividing among themselves the responsibility to ensure the functioning of the unit, under the supervision of a technical team. Therefore, the objectives of this unit will be to provide individual independence, preparing residents for a possible social and community reinsertion, through their (re)training to deal in a more adequate and adapted way with the various and typical demands of daily life, to accompany and stimulate active participation in daily tasks and in the internal organization of the unit, so that each resident can attain independence.
OCEANO AND RENASCER FLATS
The Oceano and Renascer Flats aim, through structured interventions, to provide individual autonomy, preparing residents to maintain the skills acquired in the autonomy training unit and empower them socially and in the community, to deal in a more appropriate and adapted way with the various demands of extra-institutional daily life. It is worth noting that, in October 2010, based on the memorandum of understanding with the Project Team for Integrated Continued Mental Health Care, the CSSJD - Barcelos was invited to carry out a pilot experience regardings the types defined for this care withing independent living units.