Good Samaritan gives psychiatric patients a home

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Cape Town, 24 december 2015 - For thirty years, Lentegeur Hospital has placed discharged psychiatric patients in the homes of ordinary families. They're known as Rose parents, and receive no compensation, other than a disability grant for each patient.

CAPE TOWN - For thirty years, Lentegeur Hospital has placed discharged psychiatric patients in the homes of ordinary families.

They&39;re known as Rose parents, and receive no compensation, other than a disability grant for each patient.

There are currently 15 parents and 50 patients in the programme.

A dream inspired Maria Adams to become a Rose parent. Adams is 77 years old and she&39;s taken in twelve patients over the past 26 years. To her, they&39;re family.

"I&39;m really like a mother to them and they&39;re my kids. They&39;re big men, but I just call them my children. And they say I&39;m their ma. When they come in, I tell them this isn&39;t a hospital. I try my best to make it feel like home. I have so much love I feel I can&39;t do enough," said Adams.

Anyone can apply to be a Rose parent, but there&39;s a stringent assessment of home circumstances, family situation, and the community environment.

Patients are carefully matched with families.

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