Hydrotherapy for children with neuromotor disabilities

Partner: Fundația Mihai Neşu
Beneficiaries: Children with neuromotor disabilities aged 0 to 14
Location: Oradea
Year of launch: 2016 (December)
Budget: RON 67,500

Project target:

To provide hydrotherapy sessions, essential for the development of children with neuromotor disabilities

Problem:

According to DGASPCBihor, the number of children with neuromotor disabilities in the county is 1,054. In order to recover, these children require permanent physical therapy. Considering the fact that one session usually costs between RON 35 and RON 70, the monthly expenditures with such therapies reach very high amounts for every family.
Many children come from families without a very good financial situation, some of them being single-parent families, where the only sources of income are the child’s disability benefits and the attendance allowance received by the mother. These incomes are not enough for the parents to cover therapy costs, which is why most of these children are deprived of a real chance to recover.

Solution:

The Mihai Neşu foundation has founded a rehabilitation center where these children can benefit from long term basic therapies. These are the most efficient for the improvement of their neuromotor functions. Hydrotherapy, along with kinesiotherapy and occupational therapy, is an important step for these children as they have to put in a daily effort in order to gain skills that come naturally for any healthy child.

Through the project, for one year, 45 children benefit each month from 120 sessions of aquatic therapy. Also, the purchasing of a pool lift facilitates the access of the chidren to therapy sessions.

Results:

The children have various diagnoses, of different severities, and the outcome of their evolution depends on several factors: therapies, nutrition, and household environment. The children’s progresses can be quicker or slower, but the most important thing is that these are visible through the skills that they gain, such as walking or swimming independently. The 3-4 hours of exercise and stimulation every week is their chance to recover.